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Jul 22, 2016

Spring and summer activities for Depaul shelter

Volunteers cleaning the shelter
Volunteers cleaning the shelter

Another interesting period in Depaul has passed. During spring and summer months our clients experienced new opportunities and possibilities. Nighshelter is still fully occupies, even though usually during summer days the capacity is not fully covered.

During spring months we have started with the new integration project – working groups of homeless people who are mainly cleaning the streets. This is considered as a first stage of the integration process. The aim is that the clients will get again  the basic working skills, to cooperate with the members of the team. Besides, there is another carrier counseling (based on the positive feedbacks from the first training and the successful stories of 4 clients who found the job) for the clients of Depaul Slovakia.  At the moment we do cooperate with two city parts on weekly bases.

 Thanks to supporters we are able to help to homeless people more effectively. One of the group that is in danger are elder people. In our shelter there was old lady called Tonka. Our social workers found her at the basement of the block of flats, trying to find out if she has some relatives but with no any success. She was talking to herself, her diagnoses was schisophrenia.  Tonka spent some time in our shelter, while our workers managed for her a place in the retirement house.

Each spring the organizations can join the collection organized by the companies. This year three companies decided to support Depaul by providing especially the clothes that will be offered to the clients of Depaul.

During whole year we are trying to increase the awareness about the homeless people. One way how it can be done is the form of volunteering. During June we hosted 13 volunteers from different companies.  They spent some time at the nighshelter in order to clean and sort out the clothes from dressing room. It serves for our clients in case they need some clothing.

Everything what we are doing could not happen without the support and help of the public. Let us express deep and frank thank you!

Tonka
Tonka
Developing basic working skills
Developing basic working skills
Jul 6, 2016

New animals and vegetables for the Orava families

New breeding animals for the families
New breeding animals for the families

Farm animals for the families in need

On Wednesday, 30th March 10 hens (egg layers), 6 pigs, 1 cock and one rabbit found their new home thanks to the six families in needs in Orava region.

These animals will be of a great help also for a family with 2 disabled children, and for a 76-year-old active and optimistic grandmother taking care of her 3 grandchildren.

Thanks to your help, we were able to provide them with everything they need to take care of themselves.

Preparing fields and planting first seeds of vegetables

Throughout April we have been continuing with the preparation of our fields for vegetable planting. We have prepared and cultivated land for farming, digged holes and made seed furrows. We helped with building up a few raised garden bedswho for the families who don´t have an appropriate garden field. We also successfully managed to plant some first sorts of vegetables like peas, lettuce, beans and radish. 

Pre-planting of vegetables & planted seeds
Pre-planting of vegetables & planted seeds
Preparing seed furrows and holes for vegetable
Preparing seed furrows and holes for vegetable
Everyone is working for the new vegetables
Everyone is working for the new vegetables
Jul 6, 2016

May and June activities for mental health

5-minute talk about mental health
5-minute talk about mental health

Thanks to your donations, we were able to carry out a lot of different activities to raise awareness about mental health!

On May 5th, the League for Mental Health organized another year of the campaign #5 minutes. This day has now become the day of the talk about mental health. Thanks to this campaign, we were able to exploit the potential of social networks and emphasize the need to talk about feelings, about various mental health or interpersonal problems.

We want to show that you don´t have to be an expert to enjoy talking about your feelings with loved ones. If you don´t know how to do it, we are also able to give you some tips.

Here are the Ten Commandments on how to acquire mental health care, which can serve as a guide for talking about feelings, joys and sorrows:

1) When talking about feelings, don´t talk only about mental health problems. Start talking about normal everyday things. Keep in mind that the issue of mental health is just one tiny part of the person in front of you. People do not want to be defined by their problems in the field of mental health

2) The actual time you spend with a person allows him to experience the feeling that you do care about him and can help you understand what he is going through and what's bothering him.

3) Avoid phrases which do not help at all, such as: "Go out", "Don´t sit at home, come and have fun because they may even harm! Try to keep an open mind and not to be critical. You do not always understand what is happening in the soul of another human being, but the mere willingness to listen to him is crucial.

4) Recall your loved ones your participation and support. Sometimes little things can be big enough just so he knows he has "a friend on the phone," someone to whom he can rely.

5) Talk, but also listen: either simply present - already that in itself means a lot.

6) Try to be relaxed and open. It probably goes without saying that yawning or regular monitoring of the watch does not go unnoticed and the sincerity is then rather discouraged.

7) Finally, one more point. Some people prefer to write text messages or e-mail rather than talking face to face or over the phone. Maybe when they feel ready they will come back to you. For him it is important to note that you are here, and when he is ready, he can make contact with you.

On June 23rd, we went to a high-school in Bratislava and we had a wonderful afternoon talking to young people about mental health, and this was very useful as we managed to destroy some prejudices they had, especially about schizophrenia.

Thank you for supporting our project and for allowing us to continue carrying out more and more campaigns.

Spreading hope and optimism is the key
Spreading hope and optimism is the key
High-school workshop about mental health
High-school workshop about mental health
 
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