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 South-Estonia Mental Health Centre 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: € 711 764,71.
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 South-Estonia 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 youngsters aged 0-18 living in Southern Estonia, 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. Improving mental health services
a) Improving the availability of out-patient mental health service
We aim to establish regional teams (in Põlva, Võru and Valga Counties) 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.
b) Increasing the number of in-patient beds in Tartu
We aim to open a ward with 12 beds for youngsters and increase the volume of provided services especially in terms of group therapy and supervisions and consulting activities provided to project partners and network. In terms of new services we intend to establish out-reach teams and implement the method of home-treatment.
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 organise trainings for specialists working with children, as well as for parents, children and youngsters.
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.
Preventive activities planned in the project include the provision of in-service training 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.
Events will be organised 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.).
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 organised.
Project "South-Estonian Mental Health Center for children and youngsters" 2013-2016 is funded by Norway Grants, Ministry of Social Affairs and Tartu University Hospital.