What?

"Talk about life" wants to improve young people's existential health by creating conditions for reflection and conversation about life in different arenas where young people are. Conversations about what is really important, both about what rubs and is difficult but also about what strengthens and equips.

Why?

Existential health has been identified as a very important factor for mental health, including by the WHO. Despite this, it is an area that is almost completely unexplored and where there are no concrete methods. Through dialogue with young people in Helsingborg, we have received confirmation that there is a great need, partly to approach existential issues but also to have conversations with adults. The young people we spoke to believe that most young people would feel better if they had the opportunity to talk more with adults about life and also have the opportunity to recognize themselves in other young people.

How?

A model for "Talk about life" has been developed and it is based on five central dimensions of existential health. These are meaning, hope, context, trust and wholeness. We use the SOL model, partly to highlight an existential perspective on health, well-being and quality of life, but also as a starting point for creating forums for reflection and conversation about life in different arenas where young people are. In "Talk about life", we co-create methods for reflection and conversation together with young people and professionals in various activities with the goal of developing a breadth of methods so that there is something that suits all target groups. During the dialogue with young people, it became clear that, in order to reach all young people, DIFFERENT methods are needed to talk about life. Some of the methods that have been developed so far are calling cards, different types of reflections and creative workshops.

Impact target

Children and young people who are better equipped to handle the ups and downs of life and who feel more faith in the future, hope and meaning. 

Resident involvement

The whole initiative is based on a co-creative process with both young people and professionals, as already described. In addition to co-creating with young people in different activities, for example within the school, we have also had youth developers who have contributed to the development work in various ways. Six youth developers worked for three weeks during the summer of 2021 and these will continue to be involved in the development of SOL during the autumn.

Contact

Name: Pia-Lotta Bylund
E-mail: Pia-lotta.bylund@helsingborg.se