In Graubünden, the yellow benches that promote human relationships

In collaboration with the 31 Rhaetian Municipalities, the Public Hygiene Office arranged 56 innovative sessions to foster dialogue

Yellow benches: "How are you?", in Italian. Or “Wie geht's dir” in German. Or again "Co vai cun tai?", in the Romansh idiom: distributed throughout the entire territory of the Canton of Grisons and equipped with a drawer for paper, pencil or other, the yellow benches are an invitation to sit down, to converse and to give mutual listening
“How are you?”, in Italian. Or “Wie geht's dir” in German. Or again “Co vai cun tai?”, in the Romansh idiom; the yellow benches, distributed throughout the Swiss canton of Grisons and equipped with a drawer for paper, pencil or other, are an invitation to sit down, to converse and to listen to one another
(Photo: Sandro Zala)

“How are you?”, in Italian. Or “Wie geht's dir” in German. Or “Co vai cun tai?”, in the Romansh language.

Yes, because worrying about the feeling of the population, and that everyone cares about the conditions of others, is the Canton of Grisons.

It is an idea of ​​the trilingual "mini Switzerland" located in the southern part of the Confederation, in which talking about feelings and emotions is often not easy, even if it is important.

In fact, mental health is essential for shaping one's life.

In collaboration with local administrations, theOffice of Public Hygiene has placed 56 yellow benches in various places in the canton.

These new benches, distributed throughout the Rhaetian area, are an invitation to sit down, to converse and to listen to one another.

Don't hesitate to say how you are. Talking about anxieties and negative feelings can help, as can sharing feelings of joy.

The longest narrow-gauge train in the world is from Graubünden

Yellow benches: the 31 villages of the Swiss canton of Grisons in which the 56 seats are distributed, inviting the population to sit down, to talk and to listen to each other
The thirty-one villages of the Swiss canton of Grisons in which the fifty-six yellow benches are distributed, inviting the population to sit down, to talk and to listen to one another

It all stems from a national measure to promote the health of the population

The benches, fifty-six in all, are an invitation to sit down, to talk about one's feelings and, equally important, to listen to what for the other is a source of joy or a cause of suffering.

This initiative is inspired by the national campaign "How are you?", whose official color is yellow.

It places the entire spectrum of feelings at the center of attention, from “happy” and “optimistic” to “stressed” and “sad”.

In fact, who can answer the question “How are you?” more precisely than with a simple "good" or "bad", he is able to take more targeted care of his mental health.

About half of the population suffers from a mental illness once in their life.

For this reason it is important to be committed to your own mental health and that of others.

And the initiative aims to make the theme known to the population.

The new benches “How are you?” they integrate the existing benches in the Municipalities and contemplate a small drawer inside which paper and pen allow those who stop to leave a thought, a reflection, a message or a poem for those who will come after him.

They serve as a meeting place for young people, offer parents a place to sit while watching their children play and are a place to eat for the elderly.

Photogallery, the train of the Rhaetian Railway almost 2 km long

Yellow benches: Peter Peyer, Head of the Department of Justice, Security and Health of the Swiss Canton of Grisons, and Walter Caprez, Deputy Mayor of the Rhaetian municipality of Fideris, in conversation on one of the fifty-six sessions, distributed in thirty-one villages, which invite you to sit down , to converse and listen to each other
Peter Peyer, Head of the Department of Justice, Security and Health of the Swiss Canton of Grisons, and Walter Caprez, Deputy Mayor of the Rhaetian municipality of Fideris, talking on one of the fifty-six yellow benches, distributed in thirty-one villages, which invite you to sit down, talk and listen to each other

Peter Peyer: “Doing something positive for yourself every day, because it helps us…”

Through the question "How are you?" in fact, everyone is encouraged to chat.

The Councilor of State Peter Peyer, Head of the Department of Justice, Security and Health, calls on the population to “do something positive for yourself every day, because it helps you relax”.

In the short video presenting the campaign, shot in Fideris, a Swiss municipality of 595 inhabitants in the Prättigau and Davos Region, Peter Peyer relaxes while chatting with Walter Caprez, the Deputy Mayor.

"How are you?" it is in fact the question that must be asked while sitting on the yellow bench, as mentioned, one of the 56 distributed in 31 Rhaetian villages.

And make sure that the answer goes beyond a "good" or "bad".

 

The yellow health benches in Graubünden illustrated by politics (in German)

Yellow benches: "How are you?", in Italian. Or “Wie geht's dir” in German. Or again "Co vai cun tai?", in the Romansh idiom: distributed throughout the entire territory of the Canton of Grisons and equipped with a drawer for paper, pencil or other, the yellow benches are an invitation to sit down, to converse and to give mutual listening
“How are you?”, in Italian. Or “Wie geht's dir” in German. Or again “Co vai cun tai?”, in the Romansh idiom; the yellow benches, distributed throughout the Swiss canton of Grisons and equipped with a drawer for paper, pencil or other, are an invitation to sit down, to converse and to listen to one another