Depressive symptoms, burnout and the impact of events in non-professional volunteer counselors in Durban, South Africa
Elisa Tempesta and Javier Fiz Perez
San Gaetano School, Rome, Italy
European University of Rome, Italy
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Psychiatry
Bullying is an increasing problem in many countries and concerns students of every age, from kindergarten to high school. New technologies allow a fast and easy distribution of videos, photos or text messages among students, raising the action range of the bullies. Victims tend to be alone, avoiding telling the injustice suffered to parents or teachers. Students who get bullied run the risk of not coming to school or not liking school, with a serious problem in their psychological and emotional growth. In a primary school context an emotions workshop was created to contrast bullying and the inception of a tension climate. The experience of the workshop dedicated to the discovery and to the capability to manage emotions and sentiments was fundamental for the growth of a positive climate in which students can peacefully talk to each other, with teacher and with their families. Teachers can play the role of mediator to avoid those normal conflicts among students which cause bullying. Furthermore, the potential victims feel free to express their thoughts, reducing anxiety and avoiding stress disorder. Some experimental case studies are presented as a proof that positive psychology can be a successful approach also in a scholastic or young context. Reducing bullying and enhancing the ability of managing own emotion allows the children of today to prevent stress disorder tomorrow.