The theme of International Youth Day 2014 is “Youth and Mental Health” under the slogan ‘Mental Health Matters’.
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!
UN DESA, through the Focal Point on Youth, and the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, promotes a multi-dimensional approach to addressing the challenges faced by young people with mental health issues, including tackling stigma and promoting social inclusion to enable all young people to achieve their aspirations and goals.
Mental Health Matters Campaign 12 June - 12 August 2014
From 12 June until International Youth Day on 12 August, the United Nations is running a campaign to draw awareness to the importance of reducing stigma surrounding youth with mental health conditions. We need you to help raise awareness and reduce the shame. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to help raise awareness! Use hashtags #MentalHealthMatters and #UN4Youth.
We want you to submit your artwork, illustrations, videos (6-15 sec), photos and/or stories (max 150 words) about the positive impact that speaking out about mental health issues has had on your life or the life of a young person you know.
Want to do even more? Why not organize an event to celebrate International Youth Day in your community, school, youth club, or workplace. You can get some ideas from our toolkit (link below) – let us know about it, and we’ll map it on our activities map and maybe even feature it in our Youth Flash Newsletter.
Selected written, photo, video and artwork entries will be chosen to be included in our publication ‘Social Inclusion of Youth with Mental Health Conditions’ launched on International Youth Day and in our poster design for our IYD event. Selected written, photo, video and artwork entries will be showcased at our event on 12 August in UN Headquarters, and online, via Pinterest and Facebook throughout our campaign.
To ensure that you are an author of the artwork and to let us showcase and publish your submissions, please, fill out Copyright Release Form and send it to us with your submission materials.
IYD Copyright Release Form
International Youth Day 12 August 2014: Mental Health Matters
International Youth Day gives an opportunity to celebrate young peoples’ energy, imagination and initiatives. Celebrations at the United Nations Headquarters and around the world will recognize the vital contributions young people make to promoting mental health and overcoming challenges. With access to the right support, every person can reach their potential.
The event will draw together young people, experts, UN and members states to discuss and raise awareness of the issue of youth and mental health conditions. A panel discussion, together with performances by young artists will be held, so that the issue of youth and mental health conditions can be explored in a variety of interactive and informative ways.
Toolkit to celebrate the IYD 2014: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/documents/youth/IYD2014/ToolKitTocelebratet...