European Public Health WEEK
13-17 May 2019
|Celebrating healthy populations|
Friday 16 May:
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH
Motto of the day: “I am me even when I'm bruised.”
The subthemes of this day were: Mental health public services; healthy sleep patterns; online and offline balance; social relationships; supportive peers.
Events on this day
Several organisations and citizens interested in public health organised activities on this day.
You can also check the full list of events (search for Friday 17 May).
- Having good mental health as well as physical health enables young people to deal with the challenges of adolescence and eases their transition into adulthood.
- Mental health and wellbeing during adolescence are strongly influenced by life experiences and relationships. Key protective factors include a sense of parent and family connectedness, with social support supplied by at least one caring adult.
- Children and adolescents need safe, secure, inclusive homes, schools and social environments in which to develop and thrive.
- A positive and respectful approach to sexuality, gender diversity and sexual orientation is important for a healthy development of adolescents and helps to prevent mental health problems.
- The Internet is a tool which can be used to improve our lives by helping us find information or connect with others. Internet is just a tool - use it for your own benefit, do not let it use you.
- Online communities and social media are used by adolescents with short-term or long-term illnesses to access valuable support networks and facilitate peer-to-peer connections.
Find more facts and figures here.
- WHO resources on mental health (available in English)
- The WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health (2019-2023)
- Adolescent mental health in the European region (WHO)
- Depression in adolescents: video (WHO)
- European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing - 2016 (European Commission)
- EU-Compass for Action on Mental Health and Well-being (European Commission)
- SPLENDID: personalised services guiding adolescents and young adults to healthy eating and activity behaviours (European Commission)
- COPING (Children of Prisoners, Interventions & Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health) - final report (European Commission)
- Good practices in mental health and wellbeing 2018 (European Commission)
- Intensive family- and community-based intervention for antisocial behaviour in juvenile offenders (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction)
- Helplines for young people (Mental Health Europe and Euro Youth Mental Health)
- 10 myths about mental health (Mental Health Europe)
- Words matter: What do you say when you talk about mental health? (Mental Health Europe)
- International Declaration on Youth Mental Health 2011 (International Association for youth mental health)
- Working together towards an and influential mental health workforce in Europe 2017 (World Federation of Physical Therapists - European Region)
Visual materials for social media
10 myths about mental health (Source: Mental Health Europe)
Depression in adolescents - video (Source: WHO)
Helplines for young people (Source: Mental Health Europe and Euro Youth Mental Health)
Making health services adolescent-friendly (Source: WHO)
Words matter - Mind your language when talking about mental health (Source: Mental Health Europe)
Partners of this day: