From Pain to Spain: Seeking solutions to modern problems

Event summary

Welcome to our youth exchange project! Our project aimed to tackle the important topic of mental health and social media. Social media has become an integral part of our lives, but it also has its drawbacks. Many people struggle with the negative effects of social media on their mental health. As young people, it is essential to understand how to use social media safely and responsibly.

We had participants from five different countries – Sweden, Slovakia, Estonia, Greece, and Spain – who came together to learn and exchange experiences. In total, we had 42 participants, including both young people and group leaders. Our goal was to create a safe and inclusive environment where everyone could feel comfortable sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Throughout the project, we covered several core topics related to mental health and social media, such as social media addiction, body image issues, cyberbullying, and online privacy. We wanted to ensure that participants gained a comprehensive understanding of these issues and how to handle them.

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What we focused on?

The core topics

Mental health and social media

Throughout the project, we explored how social media can impact mental health and how to use it in a positive way. We had group discussions, workshops, and presentations to identify the most prevalent problems that social media users face, and how to address them. Participants learned about the dangers of social media addiction, cyberbullying, and how to spot and address fake news. We also looked at positive aspects of social media, such as finding support online, and how to use social media for self-expression and creativity.

YouthPass key competencies

Another important topic of our project was Youthpass key competencies. We learned about what they are and how they can be applied in real-life situations. Participants evaluated their own abilities in each of the competencies and identified areas for improvement. Through group work and presentations, we demonstrated how the competencies can be developed and applied in various scenarios.

Cultural exchange and diversity

Our project brought together participants from five different countries, and we aimed to promote cultural exchange and diversity throughout the project. We learned about each other’s cultures, tried traditional foods, and participated in cultural activities prepared by each country. We also explored how different cultural backgrounds impact mental health and social media usage, and how we can promote understanding and respect for cultural differences.

So how did we do it?

Main activities


Throughout the project, we held workshops covering a wide range of topics related to mental health and social media. Participants learned about the impact of social media on mental health and discussed strategies to promote positive use of social media. The workshops were led by young people who were on the path of becoming experts in the field and included a mix of presentations, group discussions, and practical exercises.

Group work

We put participants into small groups to work on different projects related to mental health and social media. For example, some groups created educational posters about social media use, while others made short videos about the impact of social media on mental health. This allowed participants to collaborate with each other and share their ideas and experiences.

Cultural activities

We also included a variety of cultural activities throughout the project to promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. Each country represented in the project prepared activities that showcased their own culture, including food, music, and traditional dress. We also took a guided tour of a nearby city and visited local landmarks, giving participants the opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of the region.

What else was there?

Social program & Culture

The social program was an important part of our project as it allowed the participants to experience different cultures and traditions. It also provided them with opportunities to relax, have fun and bond with each other outside of the formal activities. The social program included cultural evenings where each national group presented their traditional food, drinks, and customs. We also organized guided tour to nearby city, where participants had a chance to explore and learn about the history and culture of the region. These activities helped create a sense of community and belonging among the participants, and provided a well-deserved break from the more intense and focused activities.

The project was supported by the Estonian Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps agency through the Erasmus + program! ❤

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission Erasmus+ programme. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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