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The Non-Formal Road to Mental Health - Toolkit for youth workers

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This toolkit was created during the international training course "The Non-Formal Road to Mental Health", funded by Erasmus+ and organized by Minte Forte association from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, between 3-9 November 2014.

Aims of the tool

The methods included in this toolkit focus on the following objectives:

To raise awareness on the importance of non-formal education and its principles.
To introduce examples of non-formal
education methods that can be used in mental
health promotion.
To develop competencies in designing and
implementing activities which promote
mental health, based on non-formal education

Description of the tool

The people using these tools will broaden their understanding about mental health promotion, its components and how it can be approached through non-formal methods.
Moreover, by designing and implementing non-formal activities, they will improve their competencies in working with youth and creating and delivering more creative and better tailored mental health projects for youth.
They will learn about themselves, their emotions, their strength and vulnerabilities and their resources in relation with others, as well as in front of stress and difficulties. They will learn about their fears and limitations and some adequate tools to overrun those limitations. In consequence they will improve their self-efficacy, not only as individuals but also as professionals.

You can see more about how these methods were experienced by the participants in "Non-Formal Road to Mental Health" training, on our YouTube page:


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Tool overview

The Non-Formal Road to Mental Health - Toolkit for youth workers

This tool is for

Youth workers from NGOs who are involved in the mental health field or intend to develop mental health projects.

and addresses

Personal Development

It is recommended for use in:

Youth Exchanges
Training and Networking

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Minte Forte, an organization based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, active in the mental health field.

in the context of

"The Non-Formal Road to Mental Health", funded by Erasmus+

The tool has been experimented in


The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Dumitrita Simion (on 18 March 2015)

and last modified

21 January 2015

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