ARBS participated in the CHEER partners meeting
In the period from August 27th to 29th, 2023, a international meeting was held in Ormož, Slovenia, within the framework of the project CHEER, which aims to improve the mental health of young people by stimulating their creativity and harnessing their youthful enthusiasm. The crisis caused by the coronavirus epidemic has had a negative impact on young people in Europe. The fight against the pandemic and the introduced restrictive measures have weakened the mental well-being of the youth. Many of them feel that this crisis is taking away the most valuable period of their lives – their youth. As a result, young people are facing numerous mental challenges for which they are not receiving sufficient institutional and social support.
These problems have a direct impact on youth’s education and professional development. Furthermore, at the moment, we are not able to foresee all the effects that the current situation will have in the future. However, it is certain that this will be a negative experience for an entire generation that needs support and new energy to overcome the challenges. The group that also experiences many of the aforementioned difficulties are the youth workers, which face issues with their mental well-being as well as a lack of suitable educational resources and skills.

The CHEER project focuses on the following topics:
• Equal educational opportunities for young people with fewer opportunities;
• Integration of youth from partner countries;
• Raising awareness about health (especially mental health);
• Presentation and application of well-being methods;
• Increasing creativity and teamwork;
• Testing and evaluation of the CHEER cards.

The CHEER project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.