AN INNOVATIVE MODEL FOR CAREER COUNSELLING SERVICES TO MENTAL HEALTH NEETs

BACKGROUND

Mental illness affects around 27% (83m.) of Europeans annually (European Social Work, 2013). Three quarters of mental illness begins by age 24 (WHO), affecting the social inclusion and, due to stigma, the work integration of a big number of young citizens in the EU. While many EU projects have focused in facilitating work integration of European NEETs (young people Not in Employment, Education or Training), little attention has been paid to young people with Mental Health problems that are, also, “not in Employment, Education or Training”, and in the same time they have to face a lot of extra challenges on their way to education and the labour market. It seems that, at the moment, there are not any specialized tools facilitating the work integration of MH NEETs. Furthermore, all the main actors involved in this procedure (MH NEETs, mental health professionals, career counsellors, informal carers) are not sufficiently educated, in order to provide the support needed. The big number of MH NEETs remaining outside the labour market constitutes an urgent call to the member countries of the EU to work together and develop efficient strategies. European countries need to elaborate, not only to exchange good practices but also to work on the appropriate educative solutions and methodology to integrate MH NEETs in the labour market.

PROJECT TARGET AUDIENCE

MH NEETs

Young people with Mental Health problems that are, also, “not in Employment, Education or Training” (MH NEETs)

Mental Health Professionals

Mental Health Professionals that are constantly working with MH NEETs

Career Counsellors

Career Counsellors who work with MH NEETs for their integration in labor market

Informal Carers

Family members and friends of MH NEETs

Innovative tools for work integration of MH NEETs

PROJECT DETAILS

Programme: Erasmus+ KA202  „Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training“

Project name: An innovative model for career counselling services to Mental Health NEETs (Work4Psy)

Project Reference No.: 2019-1-DE02-KA202-006253

Period: 01.09.2019 – 31.08.2022

Coordinating institution: Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (HdBA)

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