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KIDS STRENGTHS - KIDS in the CONTEXT of MENTAL DISORDERS
Skill training to Empower Teachers, Health Professionals and Social Workers
Background and Purpose:

The prevalence of mental illness is constantly increasing, depression will become the 2nd largest cause of the global health burden by 2020 (WHO) with major impacts on children and families (3-11% "forgotten" children). Improving the mental health and well-being of children and young people is one of the 5 priorities set out in the EU Pact for Mental Health at the EU high level in 6/2008.

In almost no EU country "forgotten children" are included in formal training programs of professionals in diverse bio-psycho-social sectors. However a mental vulnerability of a parent always can be seen as a source of chronic distress and increased own vulnerability for young children.

In terms of prevention KIDS`STRENGTHS transfers available EU training knowledge (Lets talk about children, Fostering Resilience) and tools (e.g. online resource pools like www.precious.at) into different bio-psycho-social sectors and countries (AT; DE; ES; FI, HU, PT; SK; TR and EN) and also offers peer-oriented online-skill training and a platform for children themselves to express their worries and find support.
 
Outcomes:

1) Specific training material focused on the needs of children in the context of mental vulnerability
- How to address the issue of own vulnerability and needs of the children talking to parents
- The impact of a mental illness on children
- The importance of adequate information for children
- Fostering resilience in "forgotten" children
 
2) tailor made training modules for professionals in the field of
- Social work
- Early Childhood Intervention
- Pre-school
- School
- Health
- Psychosocial Services working with vulnerable families
 
3) Easy accessibility of training materials by
- diverse language variants (DE; FI, PT, ES, TR, SK, EN, HU)
- an online portal and online resource pool
 
4) Clinical online assessment of relevant resilience processes (resilience map)

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. Furthermore this project has been funded by the Austrian ministery for education, arts and culture (BMUKK). © 2009-2017 by KIDS STRENGTHS Project
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