You and your family can be helped in your everyday life. We want to strengthen your child in development and also in improving a supportive network. Participation can help you and your children to find and use support services and informal supports. A network of helpers can be formed and an already existing one can be better coordinated.
The aim is to build a sustainable support network around the child/children, in order to make the every day life easier.
Parents/families of children between 4 and 18 years can participate. The parent with a mental illness needs to be in treatment at the moment. The treatment can be therapeutic, psychiatric or through medication support.
What you tell the facilitator or other Village staff will be treated confidentially. Nothing happens without your consent.
During the six months of interaction between you and the facilitator a sustainable support network will be established around your child and family. This means that the support network should continue to support your family after the six months with the facilitator.
No, the Village-project does not cost anything. We do ask that you complete questionnaires before and after the program. At the end of every questionnaire you and your child will recieve a voucher as allowance.
No, there must be at least one child of the family between 4 and 18 years old participating in the project and yourself as the parent. So it can happen that in a family the 12 year old daughter participates but the 6 year old son is not interested.
Yes! You or your children can cancel the participation at any time.
The number of appointments depends on the needs of the family. The minimum number of meetings is seven. However, the previous families felt the need for more meetings with our facilitators.
The meetings can take place either at your home, Village facilities in Innsbruck, at the clinics, at the playground or online. The facilitator will discuss this with you and you decide together what best suits you.
You also have the opportunity to learn about the overall results of the project. At the end of the project we will present the results. The event will be announced on this website.
It is possible that some of the conversations you have with the Village Facilitator or the researcher may trigger certain emotions in you. The Village facilitator is there to discuss these emotions with you. However, it cannot be ruled out that you may also experience feelings of sadness, anger or guilt, especially in the short term. If such problems arise during the course of the project, you should in any case talk about them with the Village coordinator or contact your treating doctor, therapist.
With the help of your data, the research group will learn more about the situation of affected children and parents, and what kind of support can best be provided and how. Your data and the data of your children will be collected and processed by the "Village Project". It is important to understand how your data is processed, as there are certain differences (see details). The "Village Project" will treat your data as personal and pseudonymous personal data. Your data will be kept for 5 years before being deleted. Your data will only be passed on in encrypted or anonymized form. In case of scientific papers and publications only the encrypted or anonymized data will be used.
Interested parents can be referred to the project via adult psychiatry as well as Tyrol clinics or general practice.
The formal study sites are:
The process of participation for the families can be as follows:
Making contact: Explaining the project, making an appointment for the first personal meeting
First meeting: Declaration of consent and questionnaire
Discussion with parent about strengths, challenges and the child's social network
Conversation with the child about his or her needs, everyday life and important people in the child's life
Family talk: Who is important for the child? Who should be invited to a network meeting?
Network meeting: Identified persons take part in the meeting, a support plan is developed
Network supports the family
After three months: Support plan is evaluated Final questionnaire
The "Village Project" will treat your data as personal and pseudonymous personal data. Your data will be kept for 5 years before being deleted. Your data will only be passed on in encrypted or anonymised form. In case of scientific papers and publications only the encrypted or anonymized data will be used.
It is possible that some of the conversations that the parents and their child have with the Village facilitator or researchers may trigger certain emotions. The Village facilitators are there to discuss such emotions. However, it cannot be ruled out that participants may experience - in the short term - feelings of sadness, anger or guilt.
The Village Project is supervised by Prof. Alex Hofer and is therefore in close contact with MUI Psychiatry. The Village Project is responsible for the cooperation with the families and if problems arise, patients should contact directly the treating physician of the respective study site from which they were referred to us.
Yes! The family can cancel or refuse the participation at any time.
Parents can be assigned to the project via adult psychiatry or general practice if the inclusion criteria is met. This means that a professional can recommend that you talk to a family doctor, general practitioner or psychiatrist about the project. Further interested persons can contact us without obligation:
Philipp Schöch 0676 58 00 490
Research means the systematic search for new knowledge with the aim of documentation and publication. To research means to work scientifically and to gain scientific knowledge. In research, work is carried out in a systematic and structured manner - always with a goal in mind. Data is evaluated, experiments are documented and the scientific work is translated for use by others through publication in journals or presented at conferences. For this reason, the "Village" project is also accompanied by data collection and evaluation.
The project is scientifically embedded in order to understand whether these offers are helpful for you and your child. With the help of your data, the research group will learn more about the situation of affected children and parents, and what kind of support can best be provided and how. It is a new service, and it is not yet clear whether it will work and in how far it will help children and parents. Therefore, it needs your data and the data of your child(ren) to see if the offer helps families and thus to continue the project in the future as well as to implement it in other countries or regions of Austria.
The "Village Project" is coordinated by the Medical University of Innsbruck and the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, and is financed by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research. The Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft is a long-standing non-profit organization in Austria, which addresses important problems in society with its research.
To create a supportive network to support children in their everyday life and to give them time and space for their development; the focus is on understanding the individual needs of children and their families.