VIP is the Norwegian abbreviation for Very Important Problems (Guidance and Information for Mental Health). This programme focuses on the ups and downs of life, and helps to make it easier to talk about mental problems and illnesses.
VIP places the topic of mental health on the agenda. This programme gives students real answers, and teaches them where they can seek help. The programme begins with a training conference for school administrators, advisers, faculty contacts, health service personnel and Educational Psychology personnel. Local health personnel thjen offer training at individual schools.
As a result of this work, students and teachers will have an opportunity to get to know professionals in the mental health sector. This will serve to strengthen the network surrounding young people. Dialogue and involvement are key words in this context.
A special VIP ring binder has been prepared to provide information and help in implementing the project. Because the VIP programme has received favourable evaluations, many schools have included it in their annual teaching plans. The programme has been developed in accordance with the content of the general curriculum for upper secondary schools.
Target group: Students and teachers in upper secondary school foundation courses