Free mental health checkpoint for youth to open in Rīga

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Starting October 2, free monthly mental check-ups will be available for persons aged 12-25 on the third floor of Galerija Centrs mall, KIWIE SPACE, representatives said in a release September 28.

At the check-up point, young people will be able to perform preventive mental health tests, talk to specialists in an informal atmosphere, and try virtual treatments. If necessary, they will be advised and informed about other support options for improving mental health.

At the beginning, the mental health check-up point is scheduled to operate once a month, subject to national restrictions and precautions. Depending on the load and demand, the service will be provided more often. 

The mental health check-up point will be open on Saturdays starting October 2, from 14:00 to 19:00 on the third floor of Galerija Centris, in the KIWIE SPACE room. The visit is free of charge and no signup is required. 

Iveta Priedīte, head of the mall, was quoted: "Young people are our future, it is essential that our next generation is self-assured, self-sufficient and healthy, both physically and mentally. Aware of today's turbulent environment and the daily challenge, we are pleased to offer young people the opportunity to check their mental health and take action if necessary."

"The number of children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties is increasing as a result of the pandemic. Therefore, the usual forms of assistance are no longer valid and specialists around the world are actively thinking about how to build support in new, modern ways. I am very pleased that we can also offer one of the world's newest trends – a teenage-friendly mental health check-up point. It is particularly important that these points are in popular places for young people and families because it helps to address the young people themselves and also shows that these days it is as normal to take care of their mental health as going to a gym or shopping center," said Nils Konstantinovs, head of the psychotherapy center for teens and youth.



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