A survey by the United Nations Children’s International Emergency Fund (UNICEF) found a large number of young people and adolescents facing difficulties in dealing with emotional issues during the Covid-19 Pandemic, giving rise to an initiative to facilitate help for this public. .
The specialist in adolescent development at Unicef Luiza Leitão spoke, this Thursday (1st), of the importance of providing emotional support and welcoming this audience, in addition to providing guidance on how it is possible to do so.
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One of the forms found was a platform. “Pode Falar is a completely free, protected and anonymous help channel for teenagers and young people. The idea came up with a survey that listened to more than 8,000 teenagers and showed a quantitative of 70% who were suffering from depression, anxiety or suffering with prospects for the future”, stated Luiza.
According to the expert, the national project also counts, in the state, with the partnership of institutions such as the Federal University of Pernambuco and the Menino Miguel Institute.
Young man using cell phone — Photo: Reproduction/TV Globo
According to Luiza Leitão, Pode Falar works entirely online, as “an emotional stabilization so that later it has a follow-up”.
“Initially, the young person starts talking through a chat with a chatbot. There are some words that lead to human service, by a trained professional, which can also be directed to a more continuous service”, said the specialist.
Pode Falar can be accessed via the internet, or via WhatsApp number (61) 99660-8843.
Another initiative of the organization is the chat gamified Topity, which offers an online chat experience where young people advance through challenging stages learning how to strengthen their self-esteem.
For the specialist, these platforms reinforce the role of welcoming listening and the support of contact networks close to young people, such as family, friends and schools.
“It is in adolescence that emotional issues arise that are very invisible because they think that no one cares, so it becomes much more difficult. It is also to understand that for the teenager it is very important to have this reception and ask for help”, said Luiza.