International Youth Day stresses mental health
International Youth Day was observed on August 2, with the underlining theme of “Youth and Mental Health”.
“Mongolia has a very young population. Nearly 50 percent of the population is under the age of 25. Then it becomes critical that young people’s issues are freely addressed in government programs, programs that NGOs have, private sector programs and so forth. Mental health is one of those issues that has not yet received good attention, in those respected programs,” Naomi Kitahara, representative for the UN Population Fund, told the UB Post.
International Youth Day was endorsed by the U.N. General Assembly in December 1999, through a recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in August 1998.
This year’s International Youth Day seeks to raise awareness of negative labels, stigma and discrimination that are often experienced as a result of mental health conditions.
Naomi Kitahara noted that the U.N. will continue to provide support to the Government of Mongolia to address issues faced by young people in Mongolia, and to include a full package of services for youth in government programs, including mental health, reproductive health and gender related issues.
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