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By: Desireé van Langen
Today, on the 10th of October, it is mental health day. This years topic is “Young people and mental health in a changing world”. Around 20% of young people experience mental health issues. Therefore Mental Health is part of the Youth Goals (goal 5) and the EU Youth Strategy which aims to support the health and well-being of young people. Good mental health can contribute to personal, economical and societal development.

Mental Health issues can arise, for example, because of a lot of pressure to perform and the transition period from studying to working. Mental health issues includes feeling down, loss of energy and motivation, reduced concentration, anxiety, feelings of worthlessness, guilt or hopelessness. Mental health issues can lead to risk taking behaviour, addictions, self-harm and in the worst case suicide.

It is important to fight mental health issues but it is even more important to prevent young people from getting mental health issues. Here some tips for positive mental health which you can use yourselves and promote among friends and family:

– Talk to someone you trust about your feelings

– Stay connected to friends and family

– Exercise/do sports, even a short walk helps

– Get a regular sleeping and eating habits

– Avoid or restrict alcohol and drugs intake

– Doing things you enjoy

– Think of something positive every day

We, AEGEEans, strive for more mental health awareness and the promotion of positive mental health within our societies and within Europe!

One of the objectives of the Youth Development Working Group for this year is to “Raise awareness on dealing with mental health issues of young people with at least 50 activities in at least 30 locals”. Currently the YDWG is cooperation with externals and working on sessions materials to share within the network. Stay tuned for more information!

Sources:

http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018/en/

http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/handouts-depression/adolescents/en/

http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/adolescent-mental-health

http://www.youthgoals.eu/

https://ec.europa.eu/youth/policy/youth-strategy/health-wellbeing_en

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