World Mental Health Day 2018 will focus on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.
Imagine growing up in our world today. Imagine dealing with human rights violations, wars and violence in the home, schools and businesses on a regular basis. Young people are spending most of their day on the internet – experiencing cyber-crimes, cyber bullying, and playing violent video games. Suicide and substance abuse numbers have been steadily rising and LGBTQ youth are feeling alone and persecuted for being true to themselves. Young adults are at the age when serious mental illnesses can occur and yet they are taught little to nothing about mental health care.
The World Federation for Mental Health will bring attention to the issues our youth and young adults are facing in our world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient.
Let’s all use this year to emphasize the needs of our young people. It’s time to take a stand and demand more for the world’s young people – our future depends on it! #worldmentalhealthday