Approximately 1 in every 6 people in working age has mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. Because of the current discrimination, only a few of them have a chance to get a job. Project L.I.K.E. addresses the status quo by targeting NEETs with mental health problems (together with their relatives and employers) who are facing difficulties not triggered by the conventional labor and EU programs. The main objective of the project is to ensure integration of those young people by exploring and introducing an innovative methodology – through the establishment of “Hidden Likes” Youth Houses we answer the problems and needs of the target group and thus: we find European solutions for quality employment and increase the number of sustainable jobs. These Youth Houses are safe places for young NEETs where they receive our support, mentorship, counselling and engagement as well as a possibility to perform various activities like animal and art therapy, sport, gardening and others. 3 “Hidden Likes” Youth Houses were opened in Bulgaria, Hungary and Latvia. We managed to reach a wide public of almost 50,000 people. Despite the pandemic situation, 91 NEETs engaged in the program since the opening of the first Youth House, and the needs’ based research looking for best social inclusion solutions covered more than 1,400 beneficiaries. We were also able to form partnerships between different organisations and services to support young people who do not work or study.

Target groups:

  • Long-term unemployed young people aged 25-29 with mental health problems
  • Roma and other minority groups
  • Relatives and families of young people with mental health problems
  • Local employers
  • Mental health specialists

Project Partners:

CountryProject partner statusInstitutionType of institutionCity
BulgariaLead partnerAssociation “Sustainability of progressive and open communication”NGOSofia
HungaryBeneficiary partnerSalva Vita FoundationNGOBudapest
ItalyBeneficiary partnerCodici Social CooperativeSocial CooperativeMilan
LatviaBeneficiary partnerAssociation PINSNGORiga
IcelandExpertise partnerInspiring NGO (Hbetjandi NGO) HRISNGOGarðabær
NorwayExpertise partnerNorwegian National Advisory Unit on Concurrent Sub- stance Abuse and Mental Health DisordersPublicBrumundal

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