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Project MIND (Mental Health Intervention for children in Need or affected by Disasters) was recently spearheaded by Bantay Bata as a mental health intervention for children in need and affected by disasters. Project MIND formed a volunteer network of psychosocial support providers through training community-based volunteers. This project also initiates campaigns on children's mental health awareness – an increasingly important issue in the country.
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, with children and youth being one of the most vulnerable groups. Studies also show that children face an increased risk of violence during emergencies. In the aftermath of these disasters, children become susceptible to violence, trafficking, and stress unless they have a strong support network behind them. On top of that, there is generally a negative perception of requesting psychosocial support among individuals in the country, preventing them from reaching out.
Project MIND seeks to bridge the gap in mental health care for children holistically. They do this by providing on-ground and online psychosocial support training for volunteers and actual psychosocial support to children and families. They also do Mental Health talks in schools, aiming to end the stigma surrounding the topic to raise awareness of its realities.
Your donation will create a more extensive network of psychosocial support volunteers to help children regain hope after disasters. Further, your donation allows Bantay Bata to continue its campaign on mental health awareness in the country.
Be a catalyst of hope in the lives of vulnerable children today!