Make It Thrive




Make It Thrive intends to support educators in tackling the issue of mental health in schools, developing their competences in dealing with this topic; to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities and access to psychological support, which results in a healthy school environment and academic and personal success; and to create a more inclusive and diverse environment in the fields of education and youth.

As specific objectives, we highlight the following:

To help teachers to cope with psychological issues in the school, through the use of the website that will be created.

To support educators on the path to digital transformation by helping them in developing their digital skills, once more through the website created.

To promote professional training and development of the teachers, so they can foster a healthy school environment.

To promote individual and group mobility for learning purposes, namely from the educator’s point of view.

To disseminate the results created among the community, in order to reach as many educators as possible and promote the content developed as the main support tool to deal with the mental health issue.

Target Groups
Teachers and educators

Through the analysis carried out, we found that mental health among young people is a problem that has been underestimated from the point of view of preventive strategies and action. These should mainly start in schools, which have a reduced number of human resources linked to psychology and a non-existent articulation with mental health services. In this sense, we believe that teachers can be a very important pillar in preventing this situation, as they are the most direct point of contact with the students and the ones who can more easily promote a healthy school environment. As such, educators are our main target group.

Young people (2nd and 3rd educational levels)

The main results of the project will be created with the aim of helping educators to help their students. In this sense, children and young people will also be directly impacted by Make It Thrive. Our main is to support children and adolescents, so that they become young people who are more aware and informed about their mental health (and with an open mind about it) and can be prepared to act upon any symptoms that may arise.

Parents and families

They will also be the indirect beneficiaries of this project, as it will have a positive impact on their children.

Municipality of Gondomar (Portugal)

The Municipality of Gondomar is the coordinator ot the Make it Thrive project. It is a public body which acts in many areas to serve its citizens such as Environment, Culture, Economy, Social Action, Education, Youth, Social Housing, Health, Security, among others. The local Youth and education policies are supported by networking through the two town councils: Education City Council and Youth City Council. Through this two councils, the members of their staff guide and monitor the youth municipality policies, promote discussion about youth and education policies between young people and the local authorities and coordinate the Educational System and Educational Policies with other social policies, such as Health, Social Action, Training and Employment. Moreover, the municipality of Gondomar establishes many partnerships with different local organizations and supports youth associations through subsidy, logistical support and provide some spaces for activities. It should be noted that the Municipality of Gondomar provides individualised psycho-pedagogical support and has developed the “Integrated and Innovative Plan to Combat School Failure”, and organises workshops and intervention programs for students from the 1st cycle to high school, conducted by psychologists from the Municipality. Its experience in the mental health field is extensive, so it will be easy for the Municipality to coordinate and monitor the various tasks required to create the project deliverables.

Directorate of Primary Education Heraklion Greece (Greece)

The Directorate of Primary Education is an educational agency that operates as an organizational and administrative branch of the Greek Ministry of Education in the city of Heraklion, Crete. It is responsible for 350 schools in the region of Heraklion, both primary and pre-primary education, and over 3000 teachers of all specialties. The main role of the Directorate of Primary Education is to implement, supplement and co-ordinate the educational reformation policies imposed by the Ministry of Education of Greece. In addition, it supervises and facilitates various educational projects at schools, such as the Erasmus Projects held by many of our schools at present. The Directorate of Primary Education of Heraklion is responsible for 350 schools in the region of Heraklion, which allows them to supervise and facilitate the implementation of various educational projects at schools, and to specialise in the topic of mental health in schools, ensuring that its teachers will have the necessary tools to deal with this issues.

Virtual Campus Lda (Portugal)

Virtual Campus is a development, training and consulting SME in the areas of Technology Enhanced Learning, Serious Games and Information Systems. Its vision is to actively promote the development of the Knowledge Society by supporting public and private entities in designing and developing strategies and projects that lead to increased societal benefits, always through the use of digital environments for Education and Training. Virtual Campus has successfully produced multimedia e-learning content for different platforms (mobile, web, desktop/laptop), in different environments (online, standalone) for various purposes (vocational training, emergency services, higher education, secondary education) and in different scopes (R&D&I projects, client contracts). In this context, VC has developed a wide range of products, which essentially fall into four categories: games, learning apps, learning content and web platforms. Another of Virtual Campus’s main fields of action is the development of educational content and platforms. As an example, one can mention that the company has extensive experience in terms of the design and creation of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Moreover, the company has strong relations with many public and private bodies in the north region of Portugal, and, having several projects in the field of education, will establish a close contact with teachers and students.

TDM 2000 (Italy)

“TDM 2000” is an independent no profit organization, that coordinates young people willing to cooperate in the voluntary sector, supporting them in developing personal and professional skills through experiential learning and non-formal education. They have as main fields of interest and work topics such as youth policy, entrepreneurship, human rights, democracy, intercultural learning, active citizenship, non-formal education, international cooperation, local development and migration. All the activities we implement are thought, planned and realized by young people. That said, TDM 2000 has 21 years of experience in youth work and active participation of young people., which allows them to be able to share many best practices in the field of management of different kinds of NGOs, strategies and tools useful for management. Their trainers have been delivering sessions on the topic on several occasions, both at local level, in which they prepare youngsters interested in building their own NGOS, and at international level, in various projects also outside Europe. They have expertise in human resources, financial management, communication with different stakeholders, visibility and dissemination of results and more.