Day 7

Hotlines and SOS websites

Day after day, time passed and we didn’t even notice we were at the 7-th day of this training. During this time
we talked a lot about mental and emotional health. We discused about stigma and how to reduce it. What
about working with the “victims” of stigmatization, the ones who suffer from a mental or emotional disorder?
Help lines – a way to receive help at the darkest hour, and yet sometimes it becomes so difficult to pick up the
phone and call someone.

During this session, we discussed and compared the various amounts of help lines in
all the participating countries, and realised that in some countries there are too many and in some not enough
help lines to give council to distressed people. Some universal help numbers work in the whole Europe, like
112, to help in emergencies but they do not give psychological counselling. It can be noticed that in some
countries the psychological counselling over the phone can be given by volunteers and not professional
psychologist, only few numbers and not in all countries have 24/7 help lines, and in few of them you can get
help from specific age group counsellors (elderly, youth, kids and ect.).

In general it can be said that for the help lines to fully work, the most important thing is for the society to see
this as an important means of help and not as something that is forgotten. Help lines can provide the necessary
psychological counselling in distressed situations, help you look for further help and help you cope with
stressful feelings. That is why it is important to help our society to find these useful phone numbers and
contacts.

Authors: Zaka Kiduina (Albania) & Ugne Terentjevaite ( Lithuania )

Coaching methods

Introducing the well-being. If one of all the days had to be the most enjoyable, let’s say it was this one. It required a lot of practice during the previous days just to get to this point and relax for a bit. We actually found very useful the ability to collect a lot of information which would lead to effective management of our own feelings.

We all started with charts of feelings which we evaluated after different activities. A schedule of positive and negative effects followed, made of list of needs and wishes which would result into creating priorities of activities. Later, we were working in pairs on the wheel of reflection, trough which we compared our personal everyday acivities and afterwords shared ideas of wishes that would take us closer to achieving our personal goals.

This session was exceptionally helpful. The methodology in coping with feelings allows the participants to work with separate methods and combine them in different occasions depending on the need of the situation. Playing with the ways of dealing with emotions could sincerely improve your well-being.

Authors: Sidorela Zika (Albania) & Simona Vidojevska (FYROM)

Art my feelings

It’s s so simple just to feel right? Feeling a lot of different emotions. They just appear. You actually do not have to do nothing about it.
What is more difficult is to feel the feelings and manage them. If you are really sad is possible that you can’t stop cryng. If you are really happy is difficult to stop lough. Rage is difficult to control. And so on.
Now, We tried to put all the feelings that we are NOW on paper as picture. Not easy, but we can manage it.

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We take a step foreword and discribe it. Then discribe it in one sentence and take all of it together with one word:
– Monkeys are confused
– A tree inspired to grow, feeling thankful and free, filled with mixed feelings but still missing home.
– Searching the balance with colorful emotions and good actions.
– An iceberg made of complexity of emotion and thoughts had a tiring travel through dark thoughts, happiness and enlarged his network of connection through activity he liked that increased his happiness and gave it mixed feelings.
– In a complex world full of secrets, five confused beings are make a positive change to set them selves free.
There are in the room 28 person, there is an overload of mixed emotions. It is so intresting how every single person express and feels differently in the current moment. We have all made from morning the same things. And it’s amazing to see how this affected us so much differently. But, on the other hand there is so much that we feel similar to one another.

Authors: Stavroula Karra (Greece) & Karin Klaus (Estonia)

Open space session III

Authors: Andrea Rega (Italy) & Maria Jarvis (Estonia)

PUB Quiz evening

In the evening we had Pub quiz which was organized in our hotel after the dinner. In groups of 4 we participated in the quiz which content questions from different categories, geography, history, literacy, movies, sport, music and random categories. It was quite interesting to participate in it in different groups. As on begining it was said, it is not about being smart but about have fun so in this quiz we had a lot of fun but also we learnt some new interesting facts which we didnt knew before.  After the quiz we proceeed with small discussions about some questions in which we didnt had any idea about the answers and we spent some more time together in order to sum up the day and relax a bit.

Author: Tomislav Bogdan (Croatia) & Stavroula Karra (Greece)

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