From 20th to 22nd of August Baltic organizational meeting (BOM) took place in Klaipėda, Lithuania. This year’s topic was mental health and sexual harassment in higher education institutions.
During the first day, student representatives discussed how they combat challenges related to mental health and sexual harassment as well as exchanged views about the most successful ways of dealing with these challenges in working groups. During the second day, seminars with sociologists took place where student representatives gained knowledge about researching public opinion and practiced survey creation. On the last day of BOM Statement on sexual harassment and psychological violence in the higher education system was adopted.
BOM is a regional cooperation agreement between national unions of students in the Baltic states: Federation of Estonian Student Unions (Eesti Üliõpilaskondade Liit), Student Union of Latvia (Latvijas Studentu apvienība) and Lithuanian National Union of Students (Lietuvos studentų sąjunga). It aims to promote closer cooperation between student organizations both on the national and local level and to ensure the exchange of knowledge concerning political, economic, social and educational processes in the Baltic countries.
LSS Vice President Viktorija Žilinskaitė:
„Mental health of students and factors affecting it, accessibility of psychological assistance and counseling services in academic surroundings as well as needs and abilities to satisfy it – topics of crucial significance but still stigmatized in our higher education systems. In the presence of these challenging matters we, as students leaders, should take the lead in tackling issues by establishing discussions between stakeholders about initiatives should be taken into action to create safe academic surroundings in each of HEIs.“