13 Aug, 2014

Celebrating Youth Day, UN stresses importance of good mental health

Each year 20 per cent of the world's young people experience a mental health condition, the United Nations reported in a new publication launched to coincide with International Youth Day which this year shines a spotlight on the importance of mental health. “The United Nations wants to help lift the veil that keeps young people locked in

12 Aug, 2014

UN Secretary-General attends International Youth Day event launching #MentalHealthMatters report

In New York today at an event to observe International Youth Day, the Secretary-General drew attention to a new UN publication disclosing that 20 percent of the world’s young people experience a mental health condition each year. The publication, Social Inclusion of Youth with Mental Health Conditions, underlines that the risks are especially great as young

12 Aug, 2014

On International Youth Day, Raquelina Langa of Mozambique is Special Guest of the Secretary-General

Today is International Youth Day, which kicks off a whole week of UN activities pertaining to youth. To mark this particular day, the Secretary-General has invited Raquelina Langa of Mozambique to be his Special Guest for the day. On 21 May 2013, the Secretary-General visited the Matheus Samsão Muthemba School in Polana Caniço, Maputo, Mozambique. […]

11 Aug, 2014

United Nations Secretary-General’s message for International Youth Day (12 August 2014)

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A new publication from the United Nations shows that 20 per cent of the world’s young people experience a mental health condition each year.  The risks are especially great as they transition from childhood to adulthood.  Stigma and shame often compound the problem, preventing them from seeking the support they need.  For this year’s observance […]

7 Aug, 2014

Tool launched for young people to join in the fight against AIDS, TB, and Malaria

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The PACT — a global collaboration of 26 youth-led and youth-serving organizations and networks working on HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights — in collaboration with UNAIDS and the Global Fund secretariat recently launched the tool “Making the money work for young people: a participation tool for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, […]

6 Aug, 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to join International Youth Day

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be joining this year’s International Youth Day to address stigma and discrimination in youth with mental health conditions. Youth with mental health conditions are often subject to stigma and discrimination, largely due to an overall lack of awareness and understanding of mental health conditions. The stigma surrounding mental health issues