Creating an Environment Where You Can Raise Psychological Complaints
Psychological complaints among young people are common and often arise at a young age. We know that a majority of all mental illnesses occur before the age of 25. A lack of openness often makes it difficult to recognize struggles at an early stage. While it is normalized to take good care of your body by eating healthy and exercising, we do not foster environments where we can discuss psychological complaints. Many young people are ashamed about their situation or they do not know who they can turn to for help.
@ease considers it important to increase knowledge and openness about psychological complaints. By making the subject open to discussion at a young age, it is possible to prevent young people from walking around with their problems for too long and risk having their problems become worse. @ease is committed to normalizing psychological issues in schools to prevent things from worsening and to deconstruct stigma. We do this in the following ways:
Cooperation MIND Young Academy
@ease started a collaboration with Diversion an MIND Young. To make raising psychological problems possible in the classroom, they offer a school project for students in VMBO, MBO, HAVO and VWO: MIND Young academy
During three lessons, attention is paid to:
The lessons are given by peers who have (had) to deal with psychological problems themselves or in their environment.
These peer educators enter into discussions with students about common psychological complaints. Their message: talk about it, because you are not the only one!
Experience shows that the project can get a lot out of (some) students. That's why @ease joins in the last lesson. We talk about what @ease entails and invite the students to visit us if they need to talk further. In this way @ease offers the aftercare to young people who need it.
Interested in the School Project?
Are you interested in this school project at your school? @ease likes to come along with Diversion to explain the project, share experiences and answer questions. For this you can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waarom praten bij @ease?
Struggling with mental health or emotional issues can negatively impact learning, functioning and general quality of life. We often hear from young people that they do not feel as if they can about their problems with anyone around them. Because they fear no one will understand, that they will be dismissed or that they will be judged. So they prefer to go to a place like @ease to talk to an outsider, who is more likely to be impartial. Evidence has shown that many young people get support from the conversations with our volunteers. It leaves them feeling less alone and less as if they are the only ones experiencing the challenges they are facing, it helps clear the mind. Some people who visit @ease have enough with one conversation, others come back more often. Everything is possible, It’s up to those who walk in for a discussion to decide what they want, what they need.
For All Young People Aged 12 to 25
@ease is for all young people aged 12 to 25 years, because young people at this age spend a large part of their time at school. @ease thinks it is important to get more publicity within education. This applies to all educational institutions for young people aged 12 to 25:
Interested in the Promotional Opportunities?
We would like to come by to tell you more about @ease and to distribute flyers, cards and posters. For questions and or registration for this you can contact us via email@example.com.
Education professionals are often among the first to realize that something is wrong with a young person. Mentors, teachers, care coordinators or deans, observe that a pupil or student is not comfortable in their own skin. There can be a lot of things going on, for example; homesickness, parental divorce, heartbreak, loneliness or being bullied. Sometimes a young person cannot concentrate well, and their schoolwork or study suffers as a result. In such cases it is often not immediately thought of (professional) help. Nevertheless, a young person may well need a listening ear. For young people, conversations at @ease can work very well. By airing the issue(s) they feel heard and feel less alone in the world, it also helps prevent the situation from worsening.
Waiting Lists for Professional Help
Sometimes the challenges being faced by young people are so serious that they require professional help. And when they reach out for this professional care, they are faced with long waiting lists. We’re here to help bridge the gap in the meantime, We also know that in higher education, a large group of students suffer from (serious) anxiety and depression complaints; as a result of performance pressure and study stress. Even burnout and suicidal thoughts are not uncommon. Many students can not immediately go to a student psychologist; because of the many applications there are long waiting lists, or because they fear stigma. @ease can also offer a solution in such cases, We’ve noticed that conversations at @ease are often beneficial in helping relieve the pressure and find support.
Referring Others to @ease
Help, educators, healthcare professional or a others by alerting them to the possibilities @ease has to offer. @ease is for young people with incipient complaints, but also for young people with larger problems or young people who are waiting for professional help. There are also young people who like to (continue to) talk with our volunteers in addition to professional help. That is all fine. Everyone from 12 to 25 years old is welcome and can come back as often as they like. Making an appointment is not necessary. The youngster can simply walk in with us at our office in Maastricht and Amsterdam. It is also possible to go with a young person to a meeting if they want to.
Free and Anonymous
For many young people it is important to know that the calls are free and anonymous. Permission from parents is not necessary and we do not keep a record. Everything that is discussed at @ease is confidential and stays with @ease. However, it is possible that we, together with the young person, can see whether other types of assistance might be required. An @ ease healthcare professional, for example, a psychologist or youth doctor, is available onsite. There is also always a psychiatrist available as in the event of a crisis.
If you have any questions or want more information, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.