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're taking a closer look at what's happening in this area in our first Mental Health Field of Action, which launches in March. We are creating publicity that can demonstrate the work in this field and can recruit new committed people. We want 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 plays 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 are 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 bring in cross-sectional categories such as Europe, democracy, and digitisation and, as is our way, ask lots of curious questions. Because if you can't ask questions, you can't learn, and we want to learn. For each field of action, there is a partner organisation for implementation. Other interested parties will be involved. Together we develop different formats of exchange and networking. For the field of action Mental Health, our main partner is the Diakonisches Werk Berlin-Brandenburg-Schlesische Oberlausitz (DWBO) e.V.
The first field of action was launched on March 4, 2021. With this online event, the Diakonisches Werk Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz wanted to educate people about the topic of mental health, highlight the wide range of help available, network those who help, encourage exchange and open up new perspectives. The lectures, discussions and workshops were aimed at multipliers, volunteers and all other interested parties. Here is the magazine article on the launch event of the Mental Health Action Field.
The next event will take place on September 15: Volunteers NETWORKED Online - Inclusive Volunteering.
How are our institutions positioned when refugees, people with little knowledge of German or people with visible and invisible disabilities want to volunteer? What works well and where is the problem?
We have invited volunteers to share their experiences. In conversation, we want to exchange ideas, benefit from each other's experiences and think together about how things could be even better.
More information about the event is available here: Freiwillig VERNETZT online - Inklusives Ehrenamt.