Research and policy

At the beginning of the project, the partners conducted a desk and field research to inform ourselves and other key stakeholders in education and youth works on the state of mental health of young people today and on their needs, while examining gender sensitive approaches. 

Based on our findings  we developed national reports as well as transnational one. 

Transnational report explains the differences found in each partner country regarding youth facing mental health issues and informs policy makers and youth workers on the importance of gender sensitive approach to youth mental health. Hopefully it also assists all key stakeholders in implementing efficient policies and strategies to address the issues and provide the needed support systems.

In our reports available below to download:

1

We analyze the research results with relevant and up-to-date information about the impact of Covid-19 on the youth’s mental health, focusing on gender differences

2

We present the good practices on policy and service level that support the mental health of young people

3

We introduce the key findings from the national researches

4

We identify the key gaps in the mental health provision identified through policy analyses and interviews

5

And we present the key policy and service framework recommendations

PR1: Policy Analysis and Recommendations on Youth’s Mental Health Gender Sensitive needs

A Policy document based on the desk research and field research in 4 partner countries, addressed to decision and policy makers, but also to the managers and experts in the field of youth mental health and youth education. It informs the key persons and youth experts on the importance of gender sensitive approach to youth mental health and help them tailor and implement efficient policies and strategies to address the issues and provide the needed support systems.

TraNsnational Report

ENEL – ITSRBHR

National Road Map

Greece: ELEN

Serbia: SRBEN

Croatia: HREN

Italy: ITEN

Infographics

ENEL – ITSRBHR

Below you can also find other relevant recent researches

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1The Government of the Republic of SerbiaYOUTH STRATEGY IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA FOR THE PERIOD FROM 2023 TO 2030
2023., Belgrade
https://mto.gov.rs/extfile/sr/1829/EN%20Youth%20Strategy%20in%20the%20Republic%20of%20Serbia%20for%20the%20period%20from%202023%20to%202030.pdf
English
2/Policy Recommendations,
2021.
Regional Cooperation Council (Western Balkans Youth Lab Project)
https://www.rcc.int/docs/619/wbyl-policy-recommendations-by-regional-pool-of-experts-on-mental-health
English
3/Impact of the COVID-19 on vulnerable groups and groups at risk - causes, outcomes and recommendations,
2020., Belgrade
United Nations Human Rights Team and the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia
https://serbia.un.org/en/104823-impact-covid19-vulnerable-groups-and-groups-risk-causes-outcomes-and-recommendations
English
4Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentOECD/European Union (2022), Health at a Glance: Europe 2022: State of Health in the EU Cycle, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/507433b0-en.English and Synopsis in many Languages (Greek)
5European ComiissionCOMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS on a comprehensive approach to mental healthEnglish
6Dr Inês Pote Dr Saz Ahmed (reports compiled by)What science has shown can help young people with anxiety and depression. Identifying and reviewing the 'active ingredients' of effective interventions: Part 1, Part 2
Wellcome Trust (2021)
English
7Bajkuša, M. et alField report - WE project - Work-Based Equality for LGBT+Q+ Youth (2021)
Synthesis Report 2021
WE PROJECT
English
8The state of the World’s ChildrenThe State of the World's Children
UNICEF’s flagship report – the most comprehensive analysis of global trends affecting children
English
9The Child and Adolescent Mental Health InitiativeΨυχική Υγεία Παιδιών και Εφήβων στην Ελλάδα: Ανάγκες και Προτεραιότητες, 7 July 2023, Athens Global Health InitiativeGreek and English
10UNICEF GreeceΗ Ψυχική Υγεία των Εφήβων και Νέων στην μετά COVID-19 εποχή, February 2023, Athens. UNICEF GreeceGreek and English
11Vasiou, Aikaterini and Amdropoulou, PanoreaVasiou, A., & Andriopoulou, P. (2023). University students’ mental health and affect during COVID-19 lockdown in Greece: the role of social support and inclusion of others in the self . Psychology: The Journal of the Hellenic Psychological Society, 28(1), 253–263. https://doi.org/10.12681/psy_hps.29862English
12Miscioscia, M., Poli, M., Gubello, A., Simonelli, A., Gatta, M., Gato, J., & Rigo, P.Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Italian LGBT+ Young Adults’ Mental Health: The Role of Neuroticism and Family Climate. (2022)English
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1Jokić Begić, N. i surPreliminarni rezultati istraživačkog projekta Kako smo? Život u Hrvatskoj u doba korone. (2020) Odsjek za psihologiju Filozofskog fakulteta Sveučilišta u ZagrebuHR
2Jokić, B. i Ristić Dedić, Z.Nacionalno praćenje učinaka pandemije Covid-19 i potresa 2020. na organizaciju obrazovnih procesa i dobrobit učenika i odgojno-obrazovnih djelatnika u Republici Hrvatskoj (2021), Institut za društvena istraživanjaHR
3Group of authors, Udruga DELTA,Presudi stigmi: istraživački izvještaj o zadovoljstvu mladih načinom učenja o mentalnom zdravlju u srednjoj školiHR
4Doc. dr. sc. Marina Štambuk, Udruga Dugine obitelji, Udruga Lezbijska organizacija Rijeka "LORI"Iskustva i potrebe mladih LGBTIQ osoba (2022). Lezbijska organizacija Rijeka "LORI"HR
5Mateo ŠtrbićOtpornost na stres kod LGB osoba (2020)HR
6Doc. dr. sc. Jasminka Juretić, Ines Jakovčić, univ. spec. psych., Udruga LORILGBTI Ravnopravnost na radnom mjestu (2017). Prostor rodne i medijske kulture K-zonaHR
wdt_IDAuthorsName of publication, year and publisherLanguage of Publication
1Barbieri, V., Piccoliori, G., Mahlknecht, A., Plagg, B., Ausserhofer, D., Engl, A., & Wiedermann, C. J.Adolescent Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Interplay of Age, Gender, and Mental Health Outcomes in Two Consecutive Cross-Sectional Surveys in Northern Italy. (2023)English and Italian
2Ussai, S., Castelpietra, G., Mariani, I., Casale, A., Missoni, E., Pistis, M., ... & Armocida, B.What Is Next for Public Health after COVID-19 in Italy? Adopting a Youth-Centred Care Approach in Mental Health Services.(2022)English and Italian
3Fortunato, A., Giovanardi, G., Mirabella, M., Di Ceglie, D., Speranza, A. M., Caviglia, G., & Lingiardi, V.Caring for gender diverse children and adolescents in Italy: A mixed-method investigation of clinicians’ knowledge and approach to clinical practice.(2020)English and Italian
4Scandurra, C., Carbone, A., Baiocco, R., Mezzalira, S., Maldonato, N. M., & Bochicchio, V.Gender identity milestones, minority stress and mental health in three generational cohorts of Italian binary and nonbinary transgender people. (2021)English and Italian
5Petruzzelli, M. G., Furente, F., Colacicco, G., Annecchini, F., Margari, A., Gabellone, A., ... & Matera, E.Implication of COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent mental health: an analysis of the psychiatric counseling from the emergency room of an Italian university hospital in the years 2019–2021. (2021)English and Italian
6Frigerio, A., Montali, L., Anzani, A., & Prunas, A.“We’ll accept anything, as long as she is okay”: Italian parents’ narratives of their transgender children’s coming-out. (2021)English and Italian
7Barbieri, V., Wiedermann, C. J., Kaman, A., Erhart, M., Piccoliori, G., Plagg, B., ... & Ravens-Sieberer, U.Quality of life and mental health in children and adolescents after the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic: a large population-based survey in South Tyrol (2022)English and Italian
8Miscioscia, M., Poli, M., Gubello, A., Simonelli, A., Gatta, M., Gato, J., & Rigo, P.Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Italian LGBT+ Young Adults’ Mental Health: The Role of Neuroticism and Family Climate. (2022)English and Italian
wdt_IDAuthorsName of publication, year and publisherLanguage of Publication
1Živanović, M., Vukčević Marković, M., Dimoski, J., Gvozden, M.Mentalno zdravlje u Srbiji: Procena potreba, faktora rizika i barijera u dobijanju stručne podrške
2022., Beograd
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Link
Serbian
2Ranisavljev Kovačev, S.Analiza zastupljenosti problema mentalnog zdravlja mladih u Novom Sadu uz uključivanje rodne perspektive
2022., Novi Sad
Centar za pružanje emotivne podrške i prevenciju samoubistva “SRCE”
Link
Serbian
3Vlada Republike SrbijeStrategija za mlade u Republici Srbiji za period od 2023. do 2030. godine
2023., Beograd
Link
Serbian
4/Uticaj pandemije korona virusa na populaciju mladih u Srbiji
2020.
Centar za podršku ženama
Link
Serbian