World Mental Health Day - "Our Souls' Health" workshop conference

A mental health roadshow for 13-14 year olds will be launched in mid-October, announced the State Secretary for Families of the Ministry of Culture and Innovation. The announcement was made at a workshop on "Our Souls' Health" at KINCS.

Speaking at the event on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day, Dr. Ágnes Hornung said that the Ministry is giving priority to preventive programmes related to mental health, and a series of physical and mental health events involving 600 young people will be launched in October.

Zsófia Nagy-Vargha, Deputy State Secretary for Youth, will be the host of the "I'm fine thanks. Really?" roadshow. She said that they will visit Ajka, Ózd, Dombóvár and Balassagyarmat during the autumn, with the aim of making children more open to parents, teachers and their communities. The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF Hungary, the National Media and Infocommunications Authority, the Hungarian School Sport Federation, the Blue Line Children's Crisis Foundation, the "You can talk to me" Velem Lehet Beszélgetni programme and KINCS will also be present at the events.

The President of the Mária Kopp Institute presented the latest results of the KINCS Public Well-being Research conducted after November 2020. According to the survey, the average well-being of Hungarians was 7.4 on a scale of 1 to 10 over the past three years, with the happiest people being those married and raising children. As for the feeling of security, Tünde Fürész said that in the summer of 2022, when the negative effects of the war started to affect private lives, the feeling of security was shaken. The sense of good health was at a very low level in February 2021, at the peak of the coronavirus epidemic, and was at its highest in December 2021, when it was finally possible to celebrate together again and the vaccination rate was high. The average rating for the way things are progressing in the respondents' own lives was 6.8, but the country's situation was rated worse by respondents, meaning that people were realistic about the difficulties facing the country but felt them less likely to affect their own lives. Older people have a more positive view of the country, while younger people are more pessimistic," said the head of our institute.

Melinda Hal, clinical psychologist and senior researcher at the Mathias Corvinus Collegium - MCC Institute for Learning Research, said: young people need to feel secure and have a stable vision of the future to start a family, but it seems we see young people feeling uncertain about their future. She said that "coping skills", resilience, a sense of control and a stable personality are important, and that personal relationships and attachment are crucial to their development.

András Székely drew attention to the importance of communication, saying that everyone can talk, but not everyone does. According to the coordinator of the "You can talk to me" Velem Lehet Beszélgetni initiative, we should dare to talk to each other, as this improves the quality of our relationships and our own value and perception of ourselves.

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