Italy

PARTNER

Fondazione Rava

Take Care of Me – Prenditi Cura di Me

2022 - 2026

In Italy, one in eight children lives in absolute poverty. The Covid-19 emergency has made this situation even more dramatic, especially for children who already live in poor families, or minors housed in communities. The social isolation imposed by the pandemic and the exposure to negative stimuli on the Web triggered an exponential increase in cases of depression, self-harm, and eating behavior disorders in children and adolescents.

The goal of this 4-year project implemented by Fondazione Francesca Rava and its local partner, Tempo per l’Infanzia, and supported by Fondation d’Harcourt, is to put complementary mental health measures in place for children and families at risk or affected by psychological and psychiatric fragility.

Based in the northern area of Milan, one of Italy’s most populated cities with the highest concentration of foreign families, the project will activate an integrated system of educational, preventative, and support interventions for minors in a state of social marginalization, distress, and fragility as well as their families.

Psychosocial and therapeutic/psychological support will be offered by two psychologists at no cost at the Tempo per l’Infanzia daily center. Direct referrals to the public health system will be implemented for the most vulnerable cases. Art therapy workshops for children will be held along with active and mindful parenting courses on mental health for parents. The project will also provide concrete aid through one-off support bonuses for young families to help meet their food and caregiving costs. In addition, a pool of qualified educators will be trained to develop and support sensitization initiatives on mental health in 12 schools. Teachers will be educated on the prevention of mental health conditions and students will participate in workshops promoting psychological and mental wellbeing.

Project Highlights

Team

1 Multi-disciplinary team

Activities and Beneficiaries

60

beneficiaries (family units in distress)

150

families participated in educational activities

50

teachers trained on prevention and importance of mental health

More than 10,000

children impacted at 12 schools

A pool of 70

qualified educators trained

300

children benefited from art therapy