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Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Practitioner Training Program was held for Country Green Crescents!

The International Federation of Green Crescent hosted an online training session regarding the Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Practitioner Training Program for Country Green Crescents from July 24-26. Expert volunteers from 19 countries, including Austria, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Palestine, Gambia, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, TRNC, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, Tanzania, Greece and Zimbabwe, participated in the training program. By the end of the program, 50 participants earned certification as Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Training Program practitioners.

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Mental health is the ability to have emotional control, well-being and the capacity to cope with the various challenges of life. For individuals, it involves recognizing their abilities, coping with the normal stress of life, and striving to contribute to society. Under the umbrella of the International Federation of Green Crescent (IFGC), Country Green Crescents aim to reach a wide range of communities to support and raise awareness about mental health. In this context, IFGC continues its efforts to raise awareness among individuals by organizing campaigns to enlighten the community on this crucial subject.

For a Better Mental Health

Protecting our mental health is crucial for living a happy life. However, there are many factors within life that affect our mental well-being. Factors such as family communication, personality traits, social environment, life experiences, etc., impact our mental health. Genetic factors, environmental conditions, lifestyle and dietary habits are also among the direct influencers of our mental health. In this dimension, addiction stands out as one of the most significant psychosocial disorders affecting the individual, family, social environment and the community.


  • You can criticize yourself reasonably and continue your path,
  • You are aware of your emotions and can feel them,
  • You value yourself and others around you,
  • You are both a producer and a consumer,
  • You engage with what is happening in the world,
  • You interact positively with people and maintain relationships,
  • You can contribute to your community,
  • You can cope with daily challenges, provide solutions and manage your time effectively,

then, you have good mental health.


Factors Affecting Mental Health:

Mental Health from the Perspective of Sustainable Development

The "Sustainable Development Goals" adopted by the UN in 2015 consists of seventeen different goals aimed at promoting global sustainable development, ending poverty, reducing inequalities and ensuring environmental sustainability. The objectives aim to achieve progress globally in social, economic and environmental areas by 2030.

Sustainable development in today's world encompasses not only economic growth but also the mental health of individuals and communities. The Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations reflect this comprehensive approach. Mental health is a critical element that affects the overall quality of life for individuals and communities. When an individual can maintain their mental health, they not only increase their chances of realizing their potential but also make positive contributions to the surrounding community. In this context, emphasizing the significance of mental health within the framework of the UN SDGs is crucial.

Primarily, focusing on mental health in the fight against poverty is critical to ensure that individuals benefit equally from the advantages of sustainable development. Poverty is often associated with stress, uncertainty and social exclusion, which can adversely affect mental health. Therefore, addressing the root causes of poverty and providing individuals with psychosocial support is a fundamental step in building a sustainable future. 

Moreover, the solution for mental health should not be sought solely in the health sector. The ultimate goal of Sustainable Development is to establish good partnerships. Mental health partners include civil society, private sector, governments and non-governmental organizations. The lessons learned from these partnerships can be applied to the overall Sustainable Development Goal agenda. The following five principles are essential at this point:


Mood and Physical State Calendar

How is my mood today? How do I feel physically? Why wasn't I feeling well the other day? If you don't know where to start, creating a mood and physical state calendar can be helpful. This calendar, prepared in a short time, will assist you in understanding what makes you feel good or bad, where to avoid and with whom to build closer relationships. For example, by noting that you felt good last Tuesday, you might realize that you went to the gym that day and conclude that exercise has a positive effect on you. This calendar will help you see more clearly how these triggering elements, even forgotten by you, reflect on your mental and physical well-being.

Listen, Rest!

Humans are social beings. When you don't feel well, talking about your feelings with a trusted friend can be helpful. Friends or family, looking from an outside perspective, may open a different door for solving your problem and provide a practical solution. Just having someone listen to you can be beneficial in such moments. Similarly, making a positive impact on the life of a loved one will allow you to feel good and discover your inner strength.

1001 Ways to Feel Good

Having a monotonous lifestyle can be physically and cognitively exhausting. To relieve the negative effects of the physically and mentally demanding nature of work life, you can find activities that will relax you. Doing something you love, learning new things and creating something will increase your self-confidence and be motivational for you. At the core of feeling good mentally is allocating enough time for yourself.

You can attend skill courses, participate in sports activities or engage in volunteer experiences by actively participating in a civil society organization.

You can create the 1001 ways to feel good that suits you best according to your time and place.

Take Time for Yourself!

In a busy moment, stop and look at yourself and question your current situation. How can I cope with the problems I'm currently facing? Think about what results you will achieve on your own. When was the last time you took 5 minutes for yourself? Allocating time for yourself, even if it's just a brief moment, can be looking out of a window or taking deep breaths to feel your breath. Take this moment for yourself every day.

Healthy Relationships

Be trustworthy and find trustworthy people. A strong environment makes you feel safer. Therefore, effective communication is a state of well-being. Building relationships with people and sustaining these relationships are important for your mental health.

Mental health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is the capacity to realize one's potential, cope with the stresses of daily life, be productive and fruitful, contribute to one's community, enjoy life, interact with others and sustain the capacity for flexibility, creativity and responsibility.

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The International Federation of Green Crescent recently held its inaugural webinar, titled "The Art of Fundraising," as part of its Capacity Building Program. This initiative aims to help Country Green Crescents more effectively access international and regional funding sources. The webinar, held on December 21, 2023, brought together 55 representatives from 24 countries and featured insights from five distinguished speakers across two sessions. The first session, "Fundraising Strategies and Opportunities for NGOs", included presentations by Matej Kosir from UTRIP and Jan Peloza from Impact Hub. The second session, "Empowering Fundraising Capacity in NGOs," featured a presentation by Dr. Mohammed Tariq Sonnan from UNODC. This was followed by exchanging experience from Dr. Ahmed Fairuz Bin Mohamed, President of Green Crescent Malaysia; Dr. Tajudeen Abiola, Secretary General of Green Crescent Nigeria; and Dr. Mousa Daoud, President of Green Crescent Jordan. In a poignant moment during the program, we honored Dr. Omar Farwana, President of Green Crescent Palestine, who tragically lost his life along with his family during the Gaza attacks on October 15. A commemoration speech and a short film were presented in his memory. The International Federation of Green Crescent will continue its webinar series under the Capacity Building Program, aiming to guide and support Country Green Crescents in effectively utilizing international and regional funding sources and enhancing their overall capacities.

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