The capability to regulate emotions and behave the right way in stressful and conflict-prone situations are important attributes for resilience. The competence of emotion regulation is therefore of central significance for a healthy psychological development.

START NOW stands for Slow Down, Take a Distance, Accept, Respect, Take Action. This program is a training for adolescents that teaches them these techniques. The objective is to become capaple to use these effective strategies during the transition into adulthood with all its challenges, as well as during difficult life phases in order not to loose seight of ones aims – with and in spite of emotional difficulties.


Do you often fight with your emotions? Are you missing good strategies to cope with anger, strain or disappointment? Does the behaviour of others quickly disrupt your personal balance? If you would like to know which strategies might help to tolerate stress and difficult emotions in a better way and in the meantime achieve the aims that are important for you – then you’ve come to the right place!

Institutions & Parents

Puberty involves many difficulties which give adolescents a hard time keeping a cool head and behave in a adequate manner during challenging situations. Particularly those who have experienced stress and strains during their childhood are less capable of controlling their emotions, as well as understanding the emotions of others. Cognitive-behavioral concentrated prevention programmes start here and are proven to be effective to improve beginning or existing difficulties. START NOW is an approach which instructs caregivers how to support adolescents to apply the learned strategies during their daily routine.

Become a part of START NOW


START Now nun auch in der Romandie

Die Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz hat unseren Antrag, START NOW nun auch auf französisch anzubieten, angenommen. Somit kann START NOW in naher Zukunft auch in der Roamndie angeboten werden. Das Manual für die Trainer, das Workbook für die Jugendliche, die Webseite, die...

START Now startet in den Basler Sekundarschulen

Am 19.9.18 und am 26.9.18 werden die ersten TrainerInnen-Teams für das Durchführen von START NOW 7 geschult. In den Sekundarschulen Theodor Baerwart, St. Alban, Drei Linden, und Leonhard wird nach den Herbstferien START NOW 7 in den Schulen angeboten. Dieses Projekt...

Neue Schulung im Januar/Februar 2019

Das nächste START NOW Training befasst sich mit dem Umgang von schwierigen Situationen und dem Auslösen von Gefühlen. Dabei werden die Grundlagen und Techniken des START NOW Programms erlernt so dass diese an die Jugendlichen weitergegeben werden können. Bei Interesse...


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Institutional collaboration

The START NOW initiative is being offerd in close collaboration with university and clinical institutions.