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Mind the Mind - to Combat the Stigma of Mental Disorders campaign
 
The Mind the Mind campaign is made by the Social Impact Initiative of European Federation of Psychology Students' Associations with a goal to use psychological knowledge in order to raise awareness about the stigma of mental disorders and make a positive impact on society. 
The campaign consists of an educational and interactive workshop material tailored for secondary-level students and a Facebook page. It is organised by students of psychology on the local level. 
The first wave of the campaign started in October 2014 and ended in June 2015. There were 13 European countries that successfully finished the campaign and 250 workshops delivered. The second wave started in August 2015 and there are 23 countries involved.
If you are interested in finding out more about the campaign, support it or getting involved, visit our website www.efpsa.org/social-impact/ or contact us via email socialimpact@efpsa.org
Visit our Facebook page for interesting posts about the stigma of mental disorders - https://www.facebook.com/efpsamindthemind/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.
 
Also, you are welcome to visit: http://blog.efpsa.org/2016/01/26/the-mind-the-mind-campaign-battling-the-stigma-of-mental-disorders/


Organised Acts of Kindness campaign

Organised Acts of Kindness (OAK) is another campaign made by the Social Impact Initiative that takes a step further towards the positive influence on European society through the use of psychological methods. The campaign aims to bring people together while enhancing their wellbeing by encouraging individuals to take part in random acts of kindness. 

If you want to find out more about the campaign, we encourage you to read the position paper entitled Organised Acts of Kindness – OAK Campaign. The paper provides a brief introduction to the project and the reasoning behind it, talks about the importance of wellbeing in everyday life and considers ways to improve it, then presents the concept of random acts of kindness and the way they work and lastly, outlines the OAK campaign and discusses the plans for implementing the project.

The campaign held the pilot version of the campaign via Facebook group which ultimately turned out quite successful and then took a new step in the OAK journey. OAK box is envisioned as a box of joy which will be specifically designed for its receiver. It should contain inexpensive objects which will boost the mood of the receiver and encourage them to do the same for someone they care about. Detailed instructions on how to design the box can be found here. If you have already received it, do not forget to share it on social media with #OAKbox!

If you are interested in finding out more about the campaign, support it or getting involved, visit our website www.efpsa.org/social-impact/ or contact us via email socialimpact@efpsa.org.


Better Together

Better Together is the third campaign of the Social Impact Initiative team. In collaboration with EFPSA’s Training Office, this campaign is a part of the project funded by European Youth Foundation, which is oriented towards empowering youths for building more inclusive societies.

The campaign itself is envisioned to follow in the successful ‘Mind the Mind’ path with a cycle of 5 workshops focused on tackling common misconceptions which ultimately lead to discrimination. By educating secondary level students on the basic concepts behind prejudice, stereotypes and discriminations and addressing different types of discrimination we hope to raise empathy and consequently create a more positive attitude towards building a more inclusive society. The workshops will be organised with the help of local volunteers. The first cycle of the workshops is set to start in May 2017.

If you are interested in finding out more about the campaign, support it or getting involved, visit our website www.efpsa.org/social-impact/ or contact us via email socialimpact@efpsa.org.