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Call for Participants - Mental Health is Political [CLOSED]

The Federation of Young European Greens is announcing an open call for participants for our seminar “Mental Health is Political”, an international activity that will take place on 20 - 24 April 2022 (arrival 19, departure 25) in Podgorica, Montenegro, hosted by Youth Forum URA.

 

The Seminar will consist of 5 days of workshops and discussions designed according to the principles of non-formal education, with the aim to identify the causes and advocate for the solutions needed to prevent and address the intersectional impacts on mental health among youth. The concrete objectives are:

  1. Analyse the systemic issues causing worsened mental health among young people today, with a focus on people facing various types of discrimination (LGBTQIA+ and women, BIPoC, people with disabilities and other marginalised groups), and how they have been exacerbated during the years of pandemic;

  2. Explore and debate the social and economic solutions needed to improve young people’s mental condition;

  3. Develop the communications skills to share these solutions through building a common narrative on the need for action for improved mental health, in the format of a podcast episode or series.

The programme will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. The sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, work in small groups, workshops, discussions, training and other interactive methods of non-formal learning. The active participation of the participants is central to the success of the event. 

 

We encourage applications reflecting diversity in all forms; therefore we welcome applications from those who identify as women*, LGBTQIA+, POC, or with a disability or other health impairment.

 

The “Mental Health is Political” seminar is the first activity of FYEG’s The Politics of Mental Health project, supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. 

 

Participants: We are looking for 35 young people between 16-35, residing in one of the Council of Europe member states, Belarus or Kosovo*.

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. Not being comfortable interacting in English should not prevent you from applying, as we will try finding a solution with you to support you.

Costs: Your costs of participation in the event, including lodging (accommodation in multi-bed rooms, vegetarian food, and refreshments), visa, PCR tests, will be fully covered by the organisers. Additionally, travel costs will be covered up to a given amount based on actual travel costs from your place of residence to the location of the event, as calculated ahead of the event. Participants will be asked to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way of travelling (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions). 

Participation fee: In exchange, FYEG asks you to contribute with a participation fee depending on your country of residence and your means, as follows:

  • Category 1 (North and West region countries): EUR 110 (base fee) or 175 (solidarity fee)

  • Category 2 (South and Centre region countries): EUR 80 (base fee) or 130 (solidarity fee)

  • Category 3 (East region countries): EUR 50 (base fee) or 80 (solidarity fee)

An overview of which country is in which category is available HERE. Each participant will assess for themselves whether they’d like to pay the base or the solidarity fee. The solidarity fee is in place for applicants who can contribute a bit more in solidarity with others, if they have the means. 

Applicants for whom paying the fee is an obstacle for participation, should still apply and mention this in their application. FYEG will try to find a solution together with the applicant after the selection is finalised. 

Covid guidelines: Following FYEG COVID guidelines, we are only accepting participants who are (1) fully vaccinated and (2) who can show a negative PCR result taken within 48h before the start of the event. 

(1) Being fully vaccinated means that you got the final dose of your vaccine at least 15 days before the event AND the booster if it is available for you according to your country's regulations. Those who are ineligible for vaccination due to health reasons or conditions and have a medical report that proves it are also welcome to join. 

(2) All participants (also those who are vaccinated) will be required to present a negative PCR test taken within 48h before the start of the event. The official starting date of the event is 19th of April (participants arrival day). Participants who are unable to present a negative PCR test will not be allowed to join the program and will not be allowed to check in to the accommodation. FYEG will fully reimburse the costs of the PCR test. FYEG will put in place COVID mesures on top of the health measures enforced by the Belgian authorities and will communicate them closer to the event date. All participants are expected to commit to these rules and facilitate their implementation.

 

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 12 February 2022 at Midnight CET. You will be informed about the results of the selection within ten days after the deadline.

 

APPLY HERE!

 

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.