International Youth Day: infographic explains how to promote young people’s mental health

Adolescence is a critical, transformative time of life

On International Youth Day August 12, Mental Health Europe releases a new infographic with guidance on how to promote young people’s mental health. The infographic outlines recognized risks for adolescent mental health and explains what can be done so that adolescents have the opportunity to thrive.

Adolescence is a critical, transformative time of life. Positive mental health and wellbeing can ease young people’s physical and emotional transition from childhood to adulthood. Yet, one in five adolescents in Europe are affected by at least one psychological problem each year. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability among adolescents and suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds. Although mental ill-health is at least as prevalent among young people as among adults, adolescent mental health has been often overlooked. The consequences of not addressing young people’s mental health can have far-fetching implications to both present and future, limiting their opportunities to lead healthy and fulfilling lives as adults.

This infographic is accompanied by a guidance note summarising the role of the EU Youth Strategy vis-à-vis mental health. It explains what the European Youth Strategy is and how it will be implemented during 2019-2027. This note also focusses on the European Youth Goal 5 on Mental Health & Well-being and its realisation through the EU Youth Strategy.

Download the infographic here (22 MB)

From MHE newsletter with many thanks

About Mental Health Europe
Mental Health Europe (MHE) is the largest European non-governmental network organisation committed to the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing. We advocate for the improvement of care, social inclusion and the protection of the rights of (ex)users of mental health services, persons with psychosocial disabilities, their families and carers. We raise awareness to end mental health stigma and discrimination.