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International Youth Day: Forum on Youth and Mental Health

Date: August 13, 2014
Domain:Youth & Sports
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS – August 13, 2014:  A Youth Forum, under the theme Youth and Mental Health was held yesterday at Triolet State Secondary School in Triolet, in the context of International Youth Day 2014.  The slogan chosen this year was Mental Health Matters.
Organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the half-day forum had as objective to raise greater awareness on youth mental health issues, and to combat discrimination that can affect those with mental health conditions.  The forum brought together around 200 young people aged between 16 and 25 years coming from Regional Youth Councils, secondary schools and youth organisations.  Resource persons were from the Ministry of Education and Human Resources and the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life.
Mental health conditions have an impact on the personal development of young people around the world, as well as on their social and economic integration and their employability.  Thus the importance for concerted efforts 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.
In his opening address at the Youth Forum, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Satyaprakash Ritoo, said that young people’s journey to adulthood can be complex and challenging yet difficult situations will not last forever.  Feelings like sadness, worry, anger, fear and grief are reactions to negative events in our lives, and do not typically last very long, he observed, while highlighting the importance for creating a supportive environment to ensure the development of young people.
According to the Minister, Government is putting a lot of emphasis on youth development as it is an investment that is bound to pay dividend in the future particularly in the fields of education, health, environment, employment, sports, and ICT.  No stone is being left unturned to educate young people to become knowledgeable, responsible, socially skilled, healthy, and caring citizens, he added.
International Youth Day
International Youth Day is celebrated on 12 August each year as designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999.
It is an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world’s youth.
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