Mental Health Matters Campaign

From 12 June until International Youth Day on 12 August, the United Nations is running a campaign to draw awareness to the importance of reducing stigma surrounding youth with mental health conditions.

The UN needs your help to raise awareness and reduce the shame. 

Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to help raise awareness! Use hashtags #MentalHealthMatters and #UN4Youth.

Young people are encouraged to submit artwork, illustrations, videos (6-15 sec), photos and/or stories (max 150 words) about the positive impact that speaking out about mental health issues has had on your life or the life of a young person you know.

Want to do even more? Why not organize an event to celebrate International Youth Day in your community, school, youth club, or workplace. You can get some ideas from the toolkit  – let the Youth Focal Point at the Division for Social Policy and Development know about it, and they will map it on their activities map and maybe even feature it in the Youth Flash Newsletter.

Selected written, photo, video and artwork entries will be chosen to be included in the publication ‘Social Inclusion of Youth with Mental Health Conditions’ launched on International Youth Day and in the poster design for the Youth Focal Point’s IYD event. Selected written, photo, video and artwork entries will be showcased at the event on 12 August in UN Headquarters, and online, via Pinterest and Facebook throughout the campaign.