The aim of the project is to provide to children and youngsters with mental problems, as well as their parents and carers, and specialists dealing with children, more effective and accessible assistance in the field of child psychiatry through the Ida-Viru County Mental Health Center for Children and Youngsters, to be established in the course of this project. The project will include promotion of mental health services, provision of training for members of the network and hospital personnel, improving network and prevention activity, introduction of project activities and organisation of research. Project cost: € 500,000.

The primary goal of the project is to provide to children and youngsters with mental problems, as well as their parents and carers, and specialists dealing with children, more effective and accessible assistance in the field of child psychology through the Ida-Viru County Mental Health Center for Children and Youngsters, to be established in the course of this project.

The direct target group of the project includes children and youngs
ters aged 0-18 living in Ida-Viru County, their parents/carers, and specialists trained in the course of project for the provision of service. The indirect target group of the project includes project network members and employees of project’s partner organisations.

  1. DSC03448Improving the availability of out-patient mental health service
    We aim to establish regional teams (in Ida-Virumaa and Narva ) to provide on-site assistance to children and youngsters with mental health problems. Thus we will establish teams at hospitals comprising a mental health nurse, social worker, clinical psychologist and, if possible on site, a pediatrician or a psychiatrist. To ensure sustainability of project, the applicant will provide to project partners supervision to facilitate implementation of activities, and they will have the opportunity to take part in certain trainings organised in the course of the project.
  2. Trainings, study trips
    We aim to provide specialists with an option to take part in in-service trainings in Estonia and abroad (study trips). We have also planned joint trainings for in-patient personnel, as well as trainings and mental health training for project partners. Project team, project partners and network members will also organize trainings for specialists working with children, as well as for parents, children and youngsters.
  3. Networking
    One of the secondary goals of the project is to improve networking, including mapping of network, provision of supervision and training, improving cooperation with other mental health centers to be established and planning regular meetings of the project team with project partners and network members.
  4. Prevention
    Preventive activities planned in the project include the provision of in-service trai
    ning for specialists working with children and for parents, preparation of psycho-educational articles (incl. a compilation for specialists working with children), trainings for children and youngsters (incl. school visits) and preparation of disorder-based instruction.
  5. Advertising
    Events will be organized to mark the beginning and end of the project to ensure the continuous provision of information to the public and in order to notify the project’s target groups of project activities. Information brochures containing information on the project will be prepared, and project activities will be actively introduced in the media (the press, Internet, TV, radio, etc.).
  6. Research
    Continuous analysis and keeping of accounts are planned in order to ensure evaluation of project activities. Need for the recruitment of staff will be determined, as well as the need for training, and satisfaction surveys will be organized.

Project “Ida-Viru County’s M ental Health Center for children and youngsters” 2013-2016 is funded by Norway Grants, Ministry of Social Affairs, Tartu University Hospital, The North Estonia Regional Hospital and Ida-Viru Central Hospital.

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