Aims of the mentoring project
- To help newly diagnosed cancer patients to help themselves.
- To strengthen the self-confidence of affected individuals. To help them experience normality in everyday life and deal with what they have experienced. Here it is important for them to verbally express what they have experienced to people who have survived childhood cancer.
- The survivors give patients emotional support during treatment, while patients receive sympathy in person, via e-mail or on social media. Meeting people who have survived a similar disease also strengthens their confidence.
- Patients and survivors support each other. The survivors provide information on the existing survivors’ network, other sources of professional help (doctors, specialist nurses or psychologists) and self-help agency (Kinderkrebshilfe Schweiz).
Cancer throws lives into turmoil, as survivors can testify from personal experience. They also know that there are young cancer patients out there going through something similar right now.
Mentors are willing to share their experiences with recently diagnosed children and young people. They visit patients in hospital, at home or elsewhere, listen to them, talk to them or just spend time with them – whatever the patient feels like doing.
Mentoring will be available in the following children's hospitals from spring 2015.
- St. Gallen
All mentors attend two specialist-led training weekends in preparation for their role, receive active support and take continuous training.