On August 12th, the United Nations will celebrate International Youth Day. Celebrated since 1998, the theme of this years’ International Youth Day is “Youth and Mental Health.”
About International Youth Day
Youth with mental health conditions can often experience stigma and discrimination, which in turn can lead to exclusion and/or discourage people from seeking help for fear of being negatively ‘labelled’.
Efforts are needed to overcome this stigma to ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free of isolation and unnecessary shame, and that they openly seek the services and support they need. You can be part of these efforts!
Aim of this Year’s Observance Day
The 2014 observance of International Youth Day will raise awareness on this important topic, as well as highlight the experiences of brave, young individuals who have chosen to speak out about these issues with the objective of overcoming stigma and discrimination to ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free from isolation and unnecessary shame, and openly seek the services and support they need.
Help Do Your Part
To help raise awareness for this event or even hold your own event, please download the toolkit available on the official website.