In November the project Grant Agreement was signed with the European Commission.

The new European project, “Universal Preventive Resilience Intervention Globally implemented in schools to improve and promote mental Health for Teenagers”, (UPRIGHT) will kick off on 1st January 2018 and will last for 48 months. This study aims to promote mental well-being while preventing mental illnesses in education centres through increasing the resilience capacity of teenagers.

Early adolescence, from 12 to 14 years of age, is considered a time of major physical, mental, emotional and social changes. There are risk factors which may lead to mental health disorders and health-risk behaviours for this age group. In this context, working with resilience may become a very valuable tool to improve their capacity to address adverse situations and maintain positive mental health.

The European project UPRIGHT will implement a holistic action aimed at teenagers, families and education professionals. To do so, a resilience programme jointly designed along with end users, its deployment in school centres, and the validation of its effectiveness to increase resilience and mental health will be undertaken. Finally, scientific evidence of specific resilience factors which contribute to promote a positive mental well-being will be provided.

Kronikgune is the European project coordinator, and will lead a consortium made up of seven partners from Italy, Poland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. In the Basque Country, UPRIGHT will include the collaboration of professionals from the healthcare and education sectors.

The UPRIGHT kick-off meeting is expected to take place in Bilbao on 16th and 17th January.