United by One Vision

“Children should be seen, heard and believed.” That’s what it says on the business card of the assistant director of media and information of the Sri Lankan Child Protection Authority, and that’s what they all truly believe and fight for at this child helpline. Not only does the Authority have a hotline that is open […]

Child helplines and children who run away

On 15 November 2022, our partner organisation Missing Children Europe celebrated its 20th anniversary and hosted the conference Under the Radar – Towards More Integrated Child Protection Responses for Children who Run Away from Home or Care. I was kindly invited to share the perspectives of child helplines and child helpline data in the Plenary […]

We’ll always have Stockholm…

With around 200 delegates, including 64 member child helplines, and after more than 3-and-a-half days of workshops, presentations and side meetings, the 10th International Consultation has come to an end! Together with our members, partners and special guests we’ve shared experiences and learnings, talked about problems (and their solutions!) challenges (and their outcomes!), new developments, […]

Mental health is a future challenge we are currently facing

The importance of health was highlighted during the demanding but also unprecedented conditions of a health crisis, while the pandemic crisis also left its mark by shedding light on how difficult it is for individuals and entire societies to manage a threat to people.  During 2021, “The Smile of the Child” witnessed a rapid increase […]

Mental Health Impact

Mental health is an essential and integral part of individual’s overall health. Mental health issues have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, their self-esteem and self-image, their relationships with others, and therefore, their broader community. The period of childhood and adolescence presents unique challenges and difficulties for children, youth and their parents. […]

Covid-19 and Mental Health in Switzerland: pt 2

“Through a Child Helpline International member in Europe, children/young people and young adults are showing how they are suffering greatly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated measures and restrictions. This is reflected not only in the increased need for counselling, but also in the changing themes on all direct professional counselling […]

Suicidal thoughts, mental health and the 1147 Line

Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts “I need you to know that after this call, if this doesn’t work, I’m going to end it all“; with words like these we receive many requests for help, in search of a chance to survive the hopelessness and unrelenting pain.  Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts are risk behaviours that […]

Mental Health Information

In support of Child Helpline International’s Mental Health Awareness Campaign, we at Linea Azul to shed light on our work in Uruguay. Children and young people in Uruguay, as in other countries, have been showing an increasing interest and concern to delve deeper into their mental health. LINEA AZUL receives requests for intervention which, in […]