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Mental? So What! – Good Mental Health at School

A project from Irrsinnig Menschlich e.V.
in Germany

The “Mental? So What!” School Day is a one-day prevention workshop inviting classes to talk about mental health. We turn mental illness into something that can be openly discussed, reduce anxieties & prejudices, boost confidence & outline approaches.

A. Lange
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The “Mental? So What!” School Day is a one-day prevention workshop on the topic of mental health. We inform, educate and help young people to recognise their need earlier, not to hide themselves away and to accept support by easily verbalising and openly discussing mental health crises

That way, we reduce anxieties and prejudices associated with mental health issues, boost confidence, outline approaches and promote success in school and in vocational training.
We address 13–14-year-old students and their teachers in this workshop.

A team consisting of two people with professional and personal experience of mental health, crises and illnesses facilitates the “Mental? So What!” School Day.
The professional experts come from prevention, health promotion and psychosocial care.
The personal experts have experienced and recovered from mental crises. Meeting them is the key to changing attitudes and, where possible, behaviour. 

“With a mature strategy and proven impact, ‘Mental? So What!’ helps prevent illness and promote health—a winning combination which should serve as a precedent for building good schools.” (PHINEO thematic report on depression)

Support us! Let’s “build good schools” together!

2021 was further marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not all School Days could take place as planned. But even so, we have run nearly 600 “Mental? So What!” School Days and have reached a total of 14,000 students. That is a huge success! However, the demand is much higher

Your donation enables us to run more “Mental? So What!” School Days! 

WHY YOUNG PEOPLE NEED “MENTAL? SO WHAT!”

Tailor-made services for young people to prevent and destigmatise mental health issues are lacking.

This is the case despite the fact that current research shows most of all mental health conditions start before the age of 20. In Germany, 20–30% of young people show signs of a mental health difficulty. 46% of trainees have self-reported mental health issues. The WHO predicts that depression will be the leading cause of disease burden in developed countries by 2030.

Almost everyone has already experienced a mental health crisis themselves or knows someone with mental health issues. Even so, mental health is still a taboo topic

https://www.irrsinnig-menschlich.de/en/our-programmes/

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The “Mental? So What!” School Day is a one-day prevention workshop inviting classes to talk about mental health. We turn mental illness into something that can be openly discussed, reduce anxieties & prejudices, boost confidence & outline approaches.

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betterplace.org is the largest German donation platform. Since 2007 we have been helping people, aid organizations and companies to do good. All projects on betterplace.org are non-profit. Since we ourselves also do not work for profit, our platform is free of charge for the projects.
2007founded
12,500non-profit organisations
185m €for a good cause
Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (Logo)