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Call for participants: RAN Mental Health Meeting “P/CVE and Mental Health Support Online”

This is an online meeting that will take place on 18-19 November 2020 (09:00-12:30 both days)

For the RAN Health Working Group meeting on ‘P/CVE and mental health support online’ we are currently looking for suitable participants.


In the Handbook on mental health and radicalisation it has been indicated that online space might present an incubation environment for radicalisation as an individual might be readily exposed to radicalizing material and access extremist websites. Yet, as it has often been mentioned during RAN meetings, this same space may also provide one of the most efficient ways to effectively interfere and prevent radicalisation, utilizing online mental health support.

During this exploratory meeting the participants will discuss:

  • The possibilities and the limits of using an online means platform (including learning from adjacent fields);
  • Examples of online mental health support structure;
  • Ideas on how to capture the early signs of radicalisation and prevent violent extremism.

The main question we will address is: How can mental health specialists use online means to engage with vulnerable individuals prone to join violent extremist groups?

Call for participants

We are currently looking for mental health and social media specialists, online youth, family and community workers, marketing, local health and safety specialists who would like to share their thoughts and experiences on online mental health support.

In order to find the best suited participants, we would like to ask you if you could answer the following questions:

  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of online mental health support? Do you see this as a useful tool in your work as a health professional?
  • Do you have any experience in working with online mental health support in general and, with preventing radicalisation by online means in particular?
  • Which challenges in relation to working online do you identify that would require more in depth analysis? Additionally, on which aspect of online mental health support would you like to work during the meeting?
  • Do you know of any good practices/examples? Could you share them with the RAN?


If you are interested in participating at this meeting, could you please elaborate on these questions on 19 Octoberthe latest by sending your answers to r [dot] scheeleatradaradvies [dot] nl (r[dot]scheele[at]radaradvies[dot]nl), f [dot] denizatradaradvies [dot] nl (f[dot]deniz[at]radaradvies[dot]nl), j [dot] krasenbergatradaradvies [dot] nl (j[dot]krasenberg[at]radaradvies[dot]nl)

We will invite participants based on this information. Please keep in mind that we only have a limited number of places available for this meeting, so participation is not guaranteed.

The outcomes of this meeting will be co-shared with the constituency of the RAN FCS, RAN C&N and RAN Y&E and other relevant stakeholders such as PoCs of MSs, specific mental health associations and organizations providing online support.

The lessons and output of meetings that took place 2019 and 2020 on digital Youth work will be used and build on for this meeting.