International Youth Day focuses on mental health

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Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Mental health is particularly important for young people around the world, according to the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth.

Ahmad Alhendawi spoke with UN Radio on the occasion of International Youth Day which is observed on 12 August each year.

The observance of the Day was decided by the UN General Assembly in 1999 to focus on issues affecting young people around the world.

Ahmad Alhendawi said that because of the importance of mental health for young people, it was decided that this year's theme should highlight this issue.

"This issue is one of particular importance because it affects youth from all over the world. Youth have the great of a range of mental health conditions while transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Globally, it's estimated that approximately 20 per cent of youth experience a mental condition each year. And one of the social issues arising from having a mental health condition is the stigma and discrimination that often comes with it." (25")

In his message for this year's observance of International Youth Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, the United Nations wants to help lift the veil that keeps young people locked in a chamber of isolation and silence.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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