One Out of Four: Developing and Piloting a Program to Enhance Mental Health Literacy of Youth in Lithuania


Project duration

September 2018 – September 2019 


Funded in part by Governmental Fund for the Promotion of Public Health (Valstybinis visuomenės sveikatos stiprinimo fondas)

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Project goals

According to World Health Organization one out of four people in the world are affected by mental health disorders at some point in their lives. Despite that nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional. Social stigma, discrimination, societal attitudes to mental health and lack of knowledge prevents people from seeking help.

Various international organizations emphasize that mental health prevention is urgently needed for youth in particular. Providing young people with knowledge of how to spot the starting signs of mental health problems and how to effectively help others could possibly form a new approach to mental health in the society.

Implementing this project a unique program promoting mental health literacy will be developed and piloted. It would provide young people with knowledge about mental health disorders, steps of help and institutions that provide mental health services in Lithuania.

During the project there will be focus on sustainability of the program. The effectiveness of trainings will be measured and the results as well as importance of mental health literacy programs for youth will be presented to wide society and to decision makers.  

Expected results

1. Mental health literacy program for youth will be developed with a manual about modern approach to mental health, main mental health disorders and ways to help.

2. 150 youth leaders in 10 municipalities of Lithuania will be enabled to spot the signs of mental health problems and disorders, destigmatize and to help and/or refer to proffesional help in their communities.

3. 20 decision makes and 10 000 of society members will be informed about the project, its results and the need of mental health literacy programs as well as the effectiveness of trainings and possibilities in implement further training courses.   

Project partners

Lithuanian Youth Council 

Republican Vilnius Psychiatric Hospital