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The Together for Teens team is happy to present its « Flashmob » project that will take place on 2 May 2014 at 11.30am.

The aim is to involve as many schools as possible in Belgium.
If you are young, motivated and if you want to introduce the event inside your school, it’s possible, just click here.




 

Colloquium “Adolescents in distress: the urgency of a care policy in Europe”

was organised by Action for Teens aisbl on November 15th 2012 at the European parliament in Brussels.

Click here for the Executive Summary speakers in english

or here for Executive Summary speakers in French.

Click here to see the photo album.

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Adolescence is a period of major physical and psychological change, as well as great changes in social interactions and relationships.
Everyone dealing with teenagers today will confirm the following fact: adolescence is no longer what it used to be.

Although the themes proper to adolescence such as love, death or sexuality, remain unchanged, the cultural modifications that took place these last decades have undoubtedly strongly influenced the way teenagers try to deal with these issues.

15 to 20% of the adolescents in Europe, irrespective of the social class they belong to, suffer from one or more psychological of behavioural problems.

The traditional structures often do not meet the specific needs of young people and there is a huge shortage of specialised facilities. In order to alleviate these shortcomings a group of psychiatrists and psychiatry professors, all specialists in adolescence, have created Action for Teens, a European network of experts.

In the beginning of 2009, the idea emerged from meetings held between European specialists in adolescence of working on specific houses for adolescents. Several psychiatrists from European universities and hospitals have gathered to create Action for Teens (European Network of Houses for Teenagers - aisbl).

The goal of this European network is to develop in each European country, structures that can provide the adolescent in psychological need with the appropriate support linked to this specific period in his life: adolescence.
The houses for adolescents need to be easy to access, welcoming and open on the city.
Each youngster suffering from a psychological disorder has to find adequate help, taking his specific world into account and re-establishing the balance between himself and his environment. 
A multidisciplinary dimension, bringing together different specialists such as psychiatrists, doctors specialized in adolescence, psychotherapists, family therapists, teachers, nurses, educators, social workers, legal advisors if necessary, is essential.

The parents and their teenagers, the teachers or educators should be able to be heard and fully supported.

Action for Teens is also a scientific movement for research, training and development.

 

Newsflash

* The organisation of mental health services for children and adolescents in Belgium: development of a policy scenario : https://kce.fgov.be/press-release/kce-press-release-kce-reports-175-the-organisation-of-mental-health-services-for-child. (KCE report 175C).

* Adolescents in Europe: deployment of a care policy – an obvious necessity. Colloquium « Action for Teens » at the European Parliament in Brussels on November 15. 2012. The aim of this colloquium is to convince the European decision makers to keep mental health in adolescents as a priority on the political agenda and to stimulate the creation of adapted care facilities 

The Facts

There are an estimated 1.2 billion adolescents - one in every five people - in the world today.
- 15 to 20% of the adolescents in Europe, irrespective of the social class they belong to, suffer from one or more psychological of behavioural problems. (WHO).
- Psychological disorders such as anxiety and phobia, post-traumatic stress, learning disorders, depression, eating disorders, addictions… are all on the rise.
- Among young people, suicide is the second cause of death, after traffic accidents.
- Eating disorders are on the increase (anorexia, bulimia...). One in six young people suffer from disordered eating behaviour. Every year 5% of the adolescents who suffer from anorexia die as a consequence of their pathological eating habits.
-The early and regular consumption of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs exposes young persons to risks for accidents and to severe psychosomatic repercussions. The poly dependence on these three substances has doubled during the last 10 years.
- School drop-outs and absenteeism are on the rise.
- 50 % of mental disorder in adults have their onset during adolescence.
- Too often neither the youngster, nor his entourage, finds adequate help.
- The costs of mental health affect the global economy of a country (yearly loss of 3 to 4% of the European GNP).

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