End of the project and continuity of activities

The project “Implementation of the model of welfare consultants in the municipality of Telšiai district” is already coming to an end. We want to celebrate the successful results of the project – 387 residents of Telšiai district experiencing mild symptoms of anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression or psychological adaptation problems decided to improve their emotional health, turned to a well-being consultant and successfully completed the counseling course.
We invite those who did not have time to use the service of a welfare consultant not to despair – it is planned that after the project, 1 full-time position will be maintained to provide the services of a welfare consultant for another 5 years, during the year the service will be provided to 192 persons, i.e. 960 persons in 5 years.

In order to actively encourage residents to use the provided service, publicity will continue to be carried out, the capacities of partners and collaborating organizations will be used to ensure the dissemination of information and attract customers, the wards and communities will be involved, and the publicity materials and tools created during the project will be used. The services of a welfare consultant will continue to be free of charge for applicants, the financial obligations to ensure the continuity of the project are assumed by the project applicant – Telšiai district municipal administration, the services of a welfare consultant will be provided by the Telšiai social services center

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the successful implementation of the project – the project applicant, partners, cooperating institutions and everyone else who contributed to the dissemination of the project and the improvement of the emotional health of the residents of Telšiai district municipality.

The final publicizing events of the project took place

On April 15 and April 23, the last, concluding events of the project “Implementation of the model of welfare consultants in Telšiai district municipality” took place.
During the events, the well-being consultant service was presented, who it is for, who is invited to apply, what the consultations look like, and what benefits the people who visit the consultations get. During the event, the excellent results achieved by the project, the demand for the service and the positive feedback of those who used the consultations were also celebrated.
The participants of the event were happy to receive not only useful information about the well-being consultant service itself, but also to spend time meaningfully, learning various interesting facts about the human brain, motivation theory, cognitive distortions, and learning how important it is to recognize mistakes in one’s thinking and how to correct them.

Addition of project attributes

In the course of the project, with unused funds remaining, a decision was made to supplement the project’s attributes, since residents use the distributed opinion-forming attributes in their everyday life to form a positive background for the services of welfare consultants, the resounding chant “Don’t be silent – speak up” attracts the attention of those around them, encourages them to take an interest.
30 units were produced. jumpers and 30 pcs. jackets. The attributes are distributed during the project publicity event or other events.

Consulting success story
The welfare consultant shared one of the most memorable cases in her counseling practice, when the client, working with herself and determined to change her life and attitude, managed to achieve very significant changes in her emotional well-being: The woman had a hard time going through a divorce with her long-term life partner, it seemed that the world was slipping away from under her feet . The woman’s emotional state was noticed by her friend, who advised her to try the services of a well-being consultant. The woman’s emotional state was noticed by her friend, who advised her to try the services of a well-being consultant.
During the third consultation, cognitive behavioral therapy techniques were already applied, the client analyzed her thoughts with the help of a well-being consultant, and learned to name the emotions she was experiencing. A woman has learned to recognize errors in her thinking and inappropriate beliefs, and to replace harmful thoughts based on momentary emotions with rational and well-thought-out thinking. The woman learned to make the right decisions that helped her feel stronger. The client was assigned a maximum cycle of 8 consultations, during which a huge change in the state of emotional health was noticeable – the woman felt more and more calm, a smile appeared on her face, negative thoughts were replaced by a positive attitude to life, which was noticeable in the topics discussed during the consultations. After the consultation cycle, the woman was informed, so that if the need arises again, they will be able to confidently register and resume consultations. Just two weeks later, the client called and made an appointment. However, when the agreed time came, the real reason for signing up became clear – the woman surprised the welfare consultant by visiting to thank her for her help with sweets, but what touched her most was her sincere thanks and warm words. This success story shows how much depends on our own ability to adapt in emotionally difficult situations that are often beyond our control. , how important it is to learn to keep a cool mind, control our emotions and not allow harmful thoughts to take over our mind and provoke inappropriate behavior. If you are faced with emotional difficulties, we invite you to register for a consultation without delay.
How to recognize depression?

Depression is a mental disorder characterized by persistent sadness, low mood, and decreased interest, energy, and activity. We all experience episodes of bad mood from time to time, but depression is diagnosed when this feeling lasts for at least 2 weeks every day. People suffering from depression experience difficulties at work due to lack of motivation, constant fatigue, inability to concentrate. Interpersonal relationships also become alienated, because a depressed person often isolates himself from the environment, avoids communication, and withdraws into himself.

It is believed that depression affects not only the emotional but also the physical health of the sufferer and can cause symptoms such as general body weakness, increased heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness or pain, intestinal pains, joint pains or menstrual disorders. Depression can have a negative impact on already existing chronic diseases, such as: arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart failure. 
It is important to remember that depression is often invisible to others and the person with the disease may seem normally calm or even happy. It is important to keep in constant contact with your loved ones, keep in touch, constantly ask about their well-being, show that you care about them, and if you feel the slightest doubts, give all your support and encourage them to seek help. Untreated depression can continue for months or years and can lead to addiction to alcohol or other psychoactive substances or even suicide.

Publicizing the services of a welfare consultant in a social service center

February 23 welfare consultant met with seniors visiting the Day Center of the Telšiai Social Services Center. During the meeting, the service of a well-being consultant was introduced, and those facing emotional difficulties were invited to register for consultations. Anxiety and techniques for overcoming it were also discussed, and some techniques were tested in practice.

Publicizing the welfare consultant service at the vocational training center
February 9 The service of a well-being consultant was presented at the Telšiai Regional Vocational Training Center in Vši. The well-being consultant invited everyone who has mild symptoms of stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression and psychological adaptation problems to seek help. He told me why it is important not to delay and apply when you feel the first emotional health difficulties, how counseling works, how to register, and other important information. It is especially important that as many people as possible learn about the services of a well-being consultant, and if these services are not relevant for them, they could recommend applying for their own to people in the environment whom they think need such help.
Consulting success story

We want to share the story of one woman who successfully completed a counseling course, which shows how important it is to take care of your emotional health in time.

A woman registered for counseling was suffering from various symptoms of depression. He felt constant fatigue, apathy, lack of motivation, he had no energy and desire for anything, including even everyday, ordinary housework. This feeling, in turn, led to the appearance of low self-esteem, self-doubt, until the client found herself in a closed circle, feeling disappointed in herself, but unable to find the strength to change.

During the first consultation, the welfare consultant determined that the emotional state of the woman is very poor, therefore the maximum number of consultations was appointed, which is 8 consultations. The client herself admitted that she had been thinking about seeing a mental health specialist for a very long time, but she kept putting it off until finally she started feeling so bad that she finally realized she had to take action and stop putting it off.

After starting to analyze the client’s thoughts during the consultation, it was revealed that there are countless catastrophic thoughts that are just thinking errors. The woman was introduced to thinking errors and was given the task of filling out a thought recording sheet, which helped to identify harmful thoughts and change them. Learning to process thoughts automatically changed behavior. After activating the correct behavior, her emotional well-being also improved, the client gained self-confidence, began to engage more actively in activities that previously seemed very difficult and impossible to her.

Techniques such as autogenic training, during which attention is focused on oneself here and now, were practiced, as well as various relaxation techniques – listening to meditative music, breathing exercises, walking in nature, during which the woman could devote time to reflection.

After discovering methods that help calm down, regain strength, find motivation, pleasure returned and harmony prevailed in everyday activities and in the family.

Taking care of your emotional health in a timely manner allows you to avoid serious psychological problems in the future. We invite you to take care of your well-being without delay.

Knowing and managing emotions

Knowing your emotions is important for better understanding yourself, managing stress and improving emotional well-being. Here are some tips on how to do it:

1. Monitor your emotions:
The path to knowing emotions begins with awareness. Try to constantly observe your thoughts, feelings and physical state. Ask yourself the questions: “How do I feel now? What affects me? Why do I feel this way?”
2. Try keeping an emotion diary:
Write down your feelings as they arise. This can help reveal certain patterns and, based on them, better understand yourself, your reactions in specific situations.
3. Observe your body’s reactions:
Physical states can reflect your emotional state. For example, tense muscles, rapid heartbeat can indicate tension or anxiety.

4. Learn to recognize emotions in other people:
Pay attention to the other person’s facial expressions, body language, and voice. It can help you better understand not only yourself, but others as well.
5. Pay attention to your emotions:
Try to understand what may have caused your particular emotions. It can be the result of certain situations, events, or even your own thoughts. This can help you learn to avoid situations that cause bad emotions, or learn to respond appropriately to them.
It will be easier to understand emotions if you name them very specifically, the circle of emotions shown in the illustration can help.
Author of illustration: Family Therapy Center

Publication in the regional press
We would like to inform you that today, on December 29, an article publicizing the services of a welfare consultant was published in the Telšiai county newspaper “Telšiai žinios”.
In the article, read the story of a woman who successfully completed a counseling course, which shows how important it is to seek help in time.
Make taking care of your emotional health your top New Year’s resolution to yourself.
How can each of us help someone who is struggling emotionally?
A person experiencing emotional difficulties can show various signals – from high sensitivity to complete indifference. Signs of fatigue and loss of interest in hobbies that used to bring joy are often seen. Such a person can react extremely sensitively, behave aggressively or be withdrawn, sad, avoiding communication. If you notice that your loved one is behaving differently than usual, do not be indifferent. We often divert our attention from other problems and thinking that it is none of our business, we miss the opportunity to help those who need our support the most.
It is important to understand that the worst thing we can do is do nothing. Even a short and simple conversation can show a person experiencing emotional difficulties that they are seen and important. Ask how he is feeling and offer your help.
Offer to sign up with a wellness counselor, emphasizing that the counseling is open to anyone experiencing even mild symptoms of anxiety, stress, or emotional overwhelm, and that the counseling is free.
Why do you suffer from anxiety?
The welfare consultant shared that the most common problem that residents of the Telšiai district come to consult with is anxiety. Anxiety about children, about work, or about interpersonal relationships.
Anxiety is an emotional state that every person experiences at a certain stage of life, in certain situations. It is important to understand that anxiety is a natural reaction to an unknown or potentially dangerous situation, as long as it does not become permanent, intense and interferes with normal life.
Symptoms of anxiety can manifest both physically and psychologically. Physically, it can include increased heart rate, sweating, tremors, headaches, stomachaches, etc.
Psychologically, a person may feel fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, sleep disorders, etc.
Prolonged anxiety can also affect emotional health, leading to depression or other mental health problems. Therefore, it is important to take measures and learn to manage it.
Anxiety is an inevitable part of life, but it’s important to learn how to manage it so it doesn’t become too intrusive or problematic. With the right skills, we can overcome anxiety and live a quality and positive life.
We invite you to register for a consultation and find out how you can help yourself.
The third project publicity event took place
On October 30, the third publicizing event of the project “Implementation of the model of welfare consultants in the municipality of Telšiai” took place in the Žemaitija business center in Telšiai.
The event was started by a well-being consultant who presented the project, its progress, told about the achieved results and invited to use the services of a well-being consultant.
The lecturer continued the event with a lecture on positive socialization, stress management, and self-care. The participants of the event were involved in discussions and performed practical tasks.
The event was full of content, the participants left with a great mood, having taken a lot of useful information.
Why is cognitive behavioral therapy the most popular form of psychotherapy today?
Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the scientifically proven fact that our thoughts, emotions and behavior are closely related and affect each other. Our beliefs and stereotypes of behavior formed during parenting and personal experience contribute to this. Negative thoughts and beliefs shape negative emotions and maladaptive behavior. A person who is disappointed with himself, convinced that he will not succeed, gives up, does not make enough effort to change the current situation – his behavior is regulated by his own thoughts. Since the situation does not change, the problem remains unsolved, negative emotions only get stronger, a person imprisons himself in a vicious circle.
The goal of KET is to teach the applying person to change their thoughts, manage their emotions, and choose the best behavior model and use it. In this way, the person learns to solve his problems independently and eventually becomes his own therapist.
KET is becoming more and more attractive to a modern person who is always in a hurry, but who understands the importance of emotional health and is determined to work with himself, who wants ways to solve the problem here and now.
The most important thing to know is that this therapy requires the active participation and efforts of the person seeking the welfare consultant, both during the consultation and at home, and cannot be applied if the person himself does not want to do it.
How to learn positive thinking?
Try to keep your thoughts clean and positive, removing all information that promotes self-destruction.
It is equally important to believe and trust yourself. “I can”, “I know”, “I am capable”, “I will do it” – these are phrases that you can use constantly as if you program yourself for success, strengthen your self-confidence and motivate you to achieve your goals.
Don’t forget to celebrate your success, praise yourself for a job well done.
Avoid communicating with people who constantly complain, are dissatisfied with everything, as well as those who put you down, do not believe in you or underestimate your achievements.
A positive person will encourage, help, never criticize or humiliate another. Positive, self-confident, active, brave, active people are in a positive mood, and those around them unconsciously begin to want to emulate them.
A well-being counselor can help you learn how to think positively and manage negative emotions and thoughts.
The second Welfare Consultant newspaper was produced and printed

The second welfare consultant newspaper has already been published and will soon reach public institutions and organizations in the Telšiai district.

We invite you to pick it up, read it and share it with your loved ones.

We invite you to read the newspaper in online form here or download it in PDF format.

A breathing exercise to help you fall asleep
Can’t sleep? Try breathing exercises. One of the most popular breathing techniques that help you relax and fall asleep is the 4-7-8 technique.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Lying in bed with your eyes closed, breathe in deeply and slowly through your nose for 4 seconds.
2. Hold your breath for 7 seconds.
3. Exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of 8 seconds.
4. Repeat until you are completely relaxed.
It is important not to think about anything other than the breath itself during breathing, to direct all your thoughts to how you inhale the air, to think how the inhaled air fills you and to exhale just as slowly.
We are pleased with the growing number of individuals who have used the services of a well-being consultant.
178 unique persons used the services of a total well-being consultant in the municipality of Telšiai district, 169 of whom have already successfully completed the cycle of consultations, learned to manage anxiety, control negative emotions, and negative thoughts. For some of the applicants, only 2 consultations were enough to achieve a positive result, for others, taking into account the severity of the situation, the welfare consultant assigned more consultations accordingly.
We invite all doubters to dare to take the first step and register for a consultation.
Emotional health by age

According to research, young adults (25-34 years old) experience emotional difficulties the most. This may be due to the fact that they have not yet faced many of life’s challenges and difficulties.
It is believed that older people tend to cope better with stress than younger people because older people have more experience and have learned to manage their emotions better.
However, it should not be forgotten that it is young people who are more often not afraid to talk about their emotional health and the importance of psychological help – they are more confident in contacting themselves and recommending it to their friends.

And here, among older people, mental health problems are a kind of taboo that cannot be allowed to be known to people you know.
However, the elderly are also emotionally vulnerable and face various problems that can be caused by old age, such as loneliness, loss of social contacts, as well as physical health problems. It is important to know that wellness counseling can improve quality of life and help you cope with stress. Consultations are anonymous and confidential, no referral from a family doctor is required, and they are fully funded by the financial mechanism of the European Economic Area, so there is no cost to the person applying.

How to recognize a panic attack

A panic attack is a condition when a person feels strong and unexpected fear, anxiety, which is not related to any real threat, but causes many unpleasant sensations, including physical ones.
During a panic attack, a person may experience breathing problems, increased heart rate, increased sweating, tremors, nausea, dizziness, numbness of the limbs, which last from a few minutes to half an hour.
The exact cause of panic attacks is not known, but it is believed that factors such as brain biochemistry imbalance, heredity can provoke panic attacks

predisposition, stress, depression, medical condition or use of certain substances. Panic attacks can be treated with psychological support, relaxation, exercise, healthy sleep and cutting down on smoking, alcohol and caffeine.
If you suffer from recurring panic attacks, we encourage you not to wait and contact a well-being consultant.

The benefits of exercise for emotional health
How can sports reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and effectively lift a person’s mood?
Exercise helps regulate the levels of stress hormones (adrenaline, cortisol, etc.) in your blood, so it can help treat mild symptoms of depression and anxiety.
At the same time, the so-called “happiness” hormones – endorphins, serotonin and dopamine – are released during sports, which reduce pain and improve mood.
Regular physical activity helps maintain a good mental and physical condition, slows down the aging of brain cells. Even a slight increase in physical activity can have positive effects.
Physical activity helps critical thinking, learning, concentration, and memory development. Even a short exercise in the morning or afternoon can regulate your sleep patterns. When you do sports, your mind is interrupted from everyday worries.
Improving physical condition leads to self-confidence, a sense of pride, and motivation to move forward. It is important to find such a physical activity that will give you pleasure.
Seminars for the involvement of ward staff and community representatives in the model are being started
On May 19, a cycle of seminars for the inclusion of Elderly staff and community representatives in the model began. A total of 4 groups of 10 people will attend the seminars.
There are 11 wards in the municipality of Telšiai district, many active rural communities operate in the wards. The wider and deeper the message about the services of a welfare consultant will be spread in the municipality of Telšiai district, the better results can be expected. The members of the community of each ward have a close relationship with other members, they know them, they can notice the changed behavior, emotions and psychological state of another person.
The seminars will cover topics such as human mental health, stress and anxiety,

self-awareness and motivation, principles of activity of well-being consultants and other relevant topics. In order for the services of welfare consultants to be not only accessible, but at the same time stigmatized as little as possible in society, the involvement of communities and their members in providing and recommending these services is important. For people who potentially need specialist help, it is very important to get support from their family and community first. Knowing about the services offered by specialists and their benefits, the persons who participated in the seminars will be empowered not only to recognize problematic situations, but at the same time to direct persons to seek the help of specialists, to properly inform and help family members.

The second article of the project was published in the regional press
On April 26, the second article about the services of a welfare consultant was published in the newspaper “Telšių žinios”.
In the article, read about the importance of raising self-esteem and learn about another story of successful consultations.
The importance of inter-institutional cooperation for the success of the project
During the project “Implementation of the model of welfare consultants in the municipality of Telšiai district”, inter-institutional cooperation is encouraged, the participation of institutions in expanding the services of welfare consultants in the region, as well as facilitating the involvement of recipients of welfare consultants’ services in the activities carried out by institutions.
The project executor, the Telšiai District Municipality Administration, has concluded inter-institutional cooperation agreements with the following organizations: Malta Order Support Service – Maltese, Telšiai Sports and Recreation Center, Telšiai Karolina Praniauskaitė Public Library, Telšiai Arts Incubator, Telšiai Culture Center, Telšiai District Municipal Public Health Office.
Representatives of these institutions were invited to listen to Psychological case study seminars, during which they were introduced to the working principles of the model, and were taught to recognize situations and problems that can be solved by welfare consultants.
According to the common agreement, representatives of the cooperating institutions, if they see a person facing mild signs of anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression or psychological adaptation problems, encourage them to contact a welfare consultant, while the welfare consultant, if she sees the need to encourage the applicant’s activeness, directs the recipient of services to cooperating, employment promoting organizations.
Collaborating institutions also contribute to the dissemination of information about the project by distributing welfare consultant newspapers and displaying posters in their premises.
High self-esteem - why is it important?

A person with high self-esteem is self-confident, able to overcome failures, stress, anxiety, and is not afraid to achieve a goal. As self-esteem decreases, self-depreciation occurs, a person is afraid to try something new, gets disappointed with himself at the slightest failure, and his emotional well-being worsens. Sometimes it seems that everything we do is not successful – but maybe the reason for this is our own thinking errors?

Assess your self-esteem with this test.
The table contains statements about your attitude towards yourself.
Choose whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree or strongly disagree with the statement.
Interpretation of results:
Calculate the amount of points obtained (by adding up the numbers in the table for the selected answers).
The higher the amount, the higher your self-confidence and your self-esteem. And vice versa,
the lower the score, the worse you rate yourself.
A score below 15 indicates low self-esteem (self-confidence).
Scores of 15-25 indicate average self-esteem (self-confidence).
26-30 points indicate strongly expressed self-confidence

If you feel that you lack self-confidence and are determined to change, we invite you to visit a well-being consultant and learn how to work with your thoughts and emotions.

Publicizing the services of a welfare consultant

On March 9, the Welfare consultant met with the teacher of the Telšiai “Džiugo” high school and the organizer of the Food bank in Telšiai, and presented the Welfare consultant service.
It is very important that people who are surrounded by many people in their daily activities find out about this service and can see for whom well-being consultations would be useful. A sincere recommendation heard from an indifferent acquaintance undoubtedly has a stronger effect than an advertisement seen on a poster in the city.

We invite you to tell your friends and colleagues about the services of the Welfare Consultant. Let’s not forget that often a person who needs help hides behind a smile.

We invite you to register
We are happy with the slightly growing interest in the services of a Wellbeing Consultant, but we want to encourage, take that first step towards your stronger emotional health all doubters.
According to welfare consultant Jurgita Juškienė, there have not been any cases among the applicants who should have been referred to the hands of higher-level specialists, and in most cases, only 2-3 consultations are enough for the applicant to deal with his emotions and help him find ways to successfully solve the problems that have arisen. However, there was also a case where a client visiting higher-level specialists additionally registered for consultations with a well-being consultant for even more effective work with his emotional health.
We would like to encourage you to register through the special registration form on the page – by selecting the “Registration” section in the top menu.
Burnout is emotional, mental and physical exhaustion
Burnout is emotional, mental and physical exhaustion specifically related to work.
Signs of burnout: loss of motivation and interest in what one is doing, suffering from constant fatigue, internal conflicts, thoughts that this job is not for me, feelings of self-disappointment arise, it becomes difficult to communicate in the working environment, conflicts with colleagues or clients become more frequent, and one is easily offended.
Why does “burnout” happen?
There are three main scenarios why this could happen.
The first one is when you simply overwork, trying to achieve the set goals, so you work more and more intensively, pushing yourself, often overtime, until the result reaches the limit of exhaustion.
The second case is when work is monotonous and unmotivating, boredom is felt and there is no opportunity for personal development and career advancement..
The third case – when faced with constant stress, lack of motivation from managers, support of colleagues, and all efforts remain unnoticed and unappreciated.
How to recover from burnout?
First of all, in order to manage stress, you need to take care of your physical health, slow down – enough sleep, sports, healthy diet, and if possible, spend more time in the fresh air.
Learn to appreciate your achievements and not to be disappointed by failures, but to accept them as important experiences.
Think about why the burnout happened and look for solutions accordingly. Discuss your goals and expectations with your manager, or even change jobs if the problem is, for example, lack of personal development in your current job.
Consulting success story
Cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT) is based on the scientifically proven fact that a person’s well-being is determined by his thinking, i. e. how we feel depends not on what happens to us, but on how we perceive it. Thus, the main goal of CBT is not to solve the problems of the person applying, but to help them react, accept and find solutions to the situations that have arisen.
The following case, which was shared by Jurgita Juškienė, Telšiai District Welfare Consultant, perfectly illustrates the working principle of cognitive behavioral therapy, which welfare consultants use during their consultations:
“I received a request for help, maybe I could help here and now, because the woman feels extremely anxious and cannot calm down. Of course, there was a reason for anxiety, but he did not find a solution on his own without help at that time, and it caused great discomfort and stress. The woman felt powerless at the time, afraid that she might even lose her job because of her fear and her inability to find a solution at that time. After applying the CBT method and using certain techniques during the consultation, the desired result was achieved, the client calmed down, realized that her automatic thoughts and “thinking errors” caused all this anxiety. Together with the client, we found a solution that helped calm her down. Sometimes it happens that a small problem from the country is magnified to a catastrophe, anxious thoughts take over.”
If you feel lost, lack motivation, don’t know what to do, can’t deal with your emotions, register for a consultation.
Seminars for the inclusion of the project applicant, partners and employees of cooperating institutions in the model are being conducted
The cycle of seminars involving the project applicant, partners and employees of collaborating institutions in the model is already half way through.
For the smooth functioning of the model, the employees of the partners and collaborating institutions must be properly introduced to the principles of the model’s operation, and be able to recognize situations and problems that can be solved by welfare consultants. Employees participating in the seminars are trained in different techniques, how to work with people, how to motivate them to use the services provided by welfare consultants, and will also be able to provide them with the necessary information about the functioning of the model and additional opportunities. This is especially important in order to attract people from different backgrounds and to identify emerging problems as early as possible.
Wishing you inner peace in the new year
Everyone is probably familiar with the rush, rush, and stress brought by the pre-holiday period. We are in a hurry to finish the work we started, to prepare for the holidays Our thoughts revolve around our loved ones and we often forget ourselves. And finally, the peace between the holidays comes – it’s time to slow down, take care of yourself, think about the past year, make plans for the coming one. Maybe it’s time to include your emotional well-being in your New Year’s plans? To devote more time to yourself, your hobbies, recreation, sports, which are important not only for physical but also emotional health, to find the strength in yourself to start talking about your problems and feelings.
If you need help, register with a welfare consultant.
A welfare consultant will help you learn how to respond, accept and find solutions to situations.
The installation of the office of the welfare consultant has been completed
The place of provision of the welfare consultant service is a separate office of the welfare consultant, which is finally equipped – repairs have been made, furniture and computer equipment have been purchased.
English We draw your attention to the fact that after creating a cozy and pleasant environment, the number of clients who want to use the Welfare Consultant service has increased. The services of a welfare consultant are willingly used not only by residents of the city of Telšiai, but also in remote rural areas.
On November 3, the second publicizing event of the project took place
On November 3, the residents of Telšiai district were invited to the second publicizing event of the project “Implementation of the model of welfare consultants in Telšiai district municipality”, which took place at the Žemaitija business center in Telšiai.
Welfare consultant Jurgita Juškienė presented her services as a welfare consultant to the audience.
He told about the benefits of consultations, who is the target group of the project, how consultations are conducted and how to register for consultations.
The moderator of the event gave lectures on Positive Socialization, and talked about ways to help yourself – which is the main task of cognitive and behavioral therapy, which the Wellbeing Consultants use in their consultations. The participants learned how to manage stress and develop their emotional balance, relax and correctly accept and respond to problems by changing their thinking and reactions to them.
At the end of the event, practical tasks were performed and gifts were handed out.
The event received positive feedback, the participants took away a lot of new knowledge and positive emotions from the event.
Produced and printed the Welfare Consultant newspaper
n order to create a systematized handout of services provided by Welfare Consultants, a Welfare Consultant Newspaper was created and printed. The printed form of the newspaper will be distributed through various institutions, organizations and communities in the district.
We invite you to read the newspaper in online form HERE (in Lithuanian language) or download the newspaper in PDF format by clicking on the link there.
Happy reading 😊
The story of the good practice of the Welfare Consultant was published in the regional press
On October 28, the newspaper “Telšių žinios” published an article about the services provided by welfare consultants. Readers will learn who a Welfare Consultant is, how consultations are conducted, who is invited to apply to a Welfare Consultant. A specific case of successful consultations is also presented.
If you haven’t had time to buy the newspaper, we invite you to read the article in Lithuanian language HERE
Welfare consultant Jurgita Juškienė told how the consultations take place
Want to sign up with a wellbeing consultant but don’t dare?
Welfare consultant Jurgita Juškienė told how the consultations take place:
Research-based cognitive and behavioral therapy methodologies are used during consultations.
First of all, the first meeting is organized, during which the client’s condition, service need and suitability are assessed with the help of special scales.
Then a service provision plan is drawn up.
During consultations, certain techniques are applied to clients, which help them to understand what caused the difficulties and to solve them.
The benefits brought by the consultations and the state of emotional health of the applicant are reflected in the visual scales that are given to fill in during the consultations.
* If the client’s condition does not meet the competences of the Wellness Consultant, the client is recommended to contact other institutions that will ensure the client’s needs.
A video clip of public opinion formation was created
The public opinion formation video clip “Signs that you need help” of the project “Implementation of the model of welfare consultants in the Telšiai district municipality” was created. The video clip presents signs that allow you to recognize states that signal a deterioration of your psychological state or simply allow you to identify that you can feel better.
Repair and installation of the welfare consultant's office.

The repair and installation of the office of the future welfare consultant is nearing completion.

In order for the premises to be suitable for the provision of such services, simple repair work was carried out, and currently the office is equipped with computer and organizational equipment, household appliances, furniture and tools that improve the quality of the welfare consultant’s work.

We invite you to register for consultations with a well-being consultant. Consultations are currently still provided remotely, but very soon we will invite you to visit the newly installed office at Džiugo g. 6, Telšiai.

Completed welfare consultants training.

Jurgita Juškienė, welfare consultant of Telšiai district, has already completed 6 months duration of training at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and is already starting to provide consultations. Residents of the municipality of Telšiai district (over 18 years of age) who have mild symptoms of stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression and psychological adaptation problems are invited to register for the first consultation. Research-based cognitive and behavioral therapy methodologies are used during consultations.

The services provided by the Wellness Consultant are completely free of charge.

The project is implemented with the funds of the financial mechanism of the European Economic Area.

Made and displayed educational posters for the welfare consultant.

3 educational welfare consultant posters of different designs, adapted for different age groups, created for the project have already been displayed on the bulletin boards of various institutions in the Telšiai district. The posters present the idea of ​​welfare consultants and provide contacts.

The focus of the posters became the slogan #Don’t be silent-talk. With this slogan, simply, understandably and clearly, residents of the Telšiai district who experience mild stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression and
signs of psychological adaptation problems
are invited to seek help with your problems from a well-being consultant. This allows it to be understood that the person applying will be understood,
he will be listened to, he will receive advice, he will be given help.

On March 17, the first publicity event for welfare consultants took place in the Telšiai County Business Incubator.

Residents of the Telšiai district were invited to the 1st publicity event, giving priority to those who feel mild symptoms of anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression or psychological adaptation problems, and those who believe that there are persons in their environment who experience the aforementioned disorders. During the event, the project, its goal and expected results were presented, and the services of welfare consultants were presented. Future welfare consultant Jurgita Juškienė was also invited to present herself at the event.

The welfare consultant spoke in more detail about the methods planned to be used during the consultations and invited everyone who encountered difficulties to register for a consultation. During the event, messages were read about good emotional well-being and positive thinking. The participants of the event took part in the discussion and performed practical tasks. During the break, the participants of the event were invited to enjoy coffee, tea and sweets, and the event was crowned by a quiz, after which all participants were awarded with the attribute of forming the opinion of a well-being consultant.

The attributes of opinion formation were produced.

In order to encourage the residents themselves to advertise the service of a welfare consultant, an opinion-forming tool was produced
(cloth bags, t-shirts, jackets, jumpers) with the slogan #Don’t be silent-talk promoting the services and benefits of a well-being consultant. Residents will use the distributed opinion-building tools in their daily lives to form a positive background for the services of welfare consultants and act as ambassadors for welfare consultants.

The attributes will be distributed during the publicity event.

A good emotional well-being is a condition for the happiness and well-being of an individual and society. Stress rates are particularly high in Lithuania – every second worker in our country suffers from stress at work. Stress in the work environment can cause difficult emotional experiences, damage mental and physical health. There is a lack of strengthening of mental health and emotional literacy among young people as well – today 58 percent. children and young people experience bullying and initiate it themselves. Wellness projects and programs for the retirement age group are mostly aimed at improving physical health. However, the mental health of the elderly requires the same attention as physical health.
The project “Implementation of the model of welfare consultants in the municipality of Telšiai district” is dedicated to the reduction and prevention of health inequalities in the municipality of Telšiai district. The project provides measures to improve the availability and quality of community mental health services.
One of the necessary conditions for the Lithuanian economy to become advanced, sustainable, inclusive and economic growth to be promoted is good mental health of the population. The implementation of the project will significantly contribute to the achievement of one of the national health protection strategic goals – taking care of the preservation and improvement of public health.
The project is implemented with the funds of the financial mechanism of the European Economic Area