Appreciative view of humanity

Fundamentally, we work from a recognitive and appreciative view on humanity. This means that we wish to meet the young people who visit headspace as equals, who have their very own and individual preconditions for feeling the way they do, and for having views and motives for acting.

We listen and never judge

Recognition is about being able to listen and accommodate the young people’s identity without assessing or judging them. In short, it is important for us that young people feel seen, heard, and understood.

We meet young people where they are in life

And we:

  • try to understand the young people based on their own experiences and understandings of themselves
  • meet young people openly and curiously with an interest in their broader life situation
  • believe young people are experts on their own lives
  • believe that relational matters are an effective mechanism that can create change