Day 6

Simulation of a “Past event”

Participants have played a role showing a situation in a youth project and behaviuor of one young person and his change during the project. Actually what happened was that this young person John during a evening party kissed a boy and then got locked up in a toilet.

While being locked he lost his normal behaviour and started to act as a person that lost part of a memory. Organizers tried to reach him, asked him to open the door, but unfortunately he was just repeating last words he have heard from outside.

Orginzers were worried and called his mother to ask what to do, where she answered like it is normal, just give him water. Well, finally after one of the organizers was a woman asking him to open the door he did it.
John fell asleep and organizers actually we’re really concerned. The next thing that happened the next day, John woke up, didn’t remember anything and was apologiznig to the organizers if he did something wrong.

So as an introduction to this simulation there was a discussion from a participants side after each scene has been finished. This was a good exercise showing to the people how to act and react if they find themselves in this situation, actually if they face with a person that might have psychological problems without knowing it.

This simulation LED us towards new tool to learn and it was “Emotional First Aid”.

Authors: Azra Kujundzic (BiH) & Wojciech Kawulka (Poland)

How to act in crisis

During the activity „How to act in crisis“ Ritsa Mandraki has presented a model about mental first aid:

  • SEE (notice what is happening, body language, changes of behaviour and mood, situation)
  • HEAR (active listening, pay attention to the person on crisis)
  • CONNECT (build a rapport with the person on crisis, trust and confidence to offer support)

Some importants tips:

  • Firstly, pay attention.
  • Try to establish a safe space for a person who has some issues.
  • Ask open questions, avoid questions that have answers „yes“ or „no“.
  • Avoid overreaction;
  • Try to focus attention on how a person feels;
  • Try hear and reflect basic his/her needs;

It was interesting to learn different strategies on how to deal with mental health crisis. Most countries had similiar methods strategies and non governmental organisations supporting people in mental health crisis. Overall the whole group was in favour of Mental Health First Aid to be made mandatory so that people can have basic skills to deal with mental health crisis.

Authors: Evelina Šidagyte (Lithuania) & Hameed Khan (UK)

Open space I and II


Authors: Boryana Konstantinova (Bulgaria) & Bojan Kocevski (FYROM)

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