Especially in the field of voluntary commitment, people support others in life crises or accompany them in difficult situations. It is good that mental health has moved more up the agenda and has become a permanent topic in the media. But it needs more than that. That's why we took a closer look at what's happening in this area in our first Mental Health Field of Action, which launched in March 2021. We were creating publicity that demonstrated the work in this field and recruited new committed people. We wanted to say thank you to the volunteers for their daily commitment, honor their work and bring them together with others.
The mutual exchange of experience and knowledge between volunteers from the area of counselling and learning from each other played a crucial role in this. What is the situation, for example, in the area of inclusion in telephone counselling? What are the actions helping people with disabilities better integrate into the voluntary activities of telephone counselling? What if committed people with severe disabilities, inclusion stakeholders, and other interested parties from the field of commitment could get together and simply have space to talk about this and other topics? After all, there were many common intersections. Berlin is diverse, so there's also cultural diversity in telephone counselling. But how exactly is diversity represented there?
And to make sure that we don't lose the thread in our excitement about the togetherness of so many great people, we brought in cross-sectional categories such as Europe, democracy, and digitisation and, as is our way, asked lots of curious questions. Because if you can't ask questions, you can't learn, and we wanted to learn.
For each field of action, there was a partner organisation for implementation. Other interested parties were involved. Together we developed different formats of exchange and networking. For the field of action Mental Health, our main partner was the Diakonisches Werk Berlin-Brandenburg-Schlesische Oberlausitz (DWBO) e.V.
This is what they put together in the campaign year: