Practical experience, unfortunately, shows that our children often feel excluded, unseen, unrecognized, very often lonely, unaccepted, with a sense of worthlessness and misunderstanding, with a sense of betrayal and disappointment from those who are significant and who love them. The worrying findings of research on the age of our children in early adolescence, consistent with experience, say that almost every fourth child in early adolescence suffers and is at high risk of developing mental disorders. 12 percent of children this age think of killing themselves, and 9 percent of them intentionally try to injure themselves or kill themselves. Almost every second child does not seek adult help when faced with difficulties.
BHIDAPA was created in response to research findings on the epidemiology of mental health problems in children in our area and a clear insight that the greatest deficit of mental health professionals is developmental age, and WHO indicators. New findings clearly indicate that most psychological distress in adulthood has its roots in childhood. This requires raising public awareness of healthy child development and adolescence as a particularly sensitive age, the importance of early recognition and interventions at all three levels, in order to prevent, to the greatest extent possible, the development of disorders in adulthood.
Guided by our individual and social responsibilities for preserving the integrity of children and adolescents, as well as for the healthy growth and development of individuals, our desire is through our work to develop interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaborations with domestic and foreign related Associations, Institutes and Institutions in projects that deal with children, young people and families, and to develop standards to protect children’s rights and improve the conditions for the healthy development and well-being of every child. Prevention practice at all three levels in line with research work, networking at all levels to ensure optimal conditions for healthy growth and development of the child and adolescent, and continuing education in the field of psychotherapy and counseling of developmental age, as well as other professions working with children, to adolescents and their families, in accordance with world standards and recommendations, is the path we strive for.
A child is the present and future of society! Raising and educating a child, being in a relationship with a lot of love, respect and clear boundaries is the biggest challenge and responsibility for every parent, teacher, expert and society at large.
“The most important things in children’s lives are security, love, acceptance and encouragement.”
Mirela Badurina, PhD, psychotherapist