5. MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Achieve better mental wellbeing and end stigmatisation of mental health issues, thus promoting social inclusion of all young people.

A significant and increasing number of young people across Europe are expressing their concern at the prevalence of mental health issues such as high stress, anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses amongst their peers. Young people cite the immense societal pressures they face today, and express a need for better youth mental health provision.

  • Encourage the development of self-awareness and less competitive mindsets by fostering appreciation for individual skills and strengths.
  • Safeguard the rights to work and to study of people with mental health issues both during and after illness to ensure their ability to pursue their own ambitions.
  • Develop an inclusive intersectional approach to mental health provision for all, especially marginalised groups.
  • Provide all professionals working with young people as well as family and friends with quality mental health first aid training.
  • Provide inclusive, respectful and well-funded treatment by incorporating high quality mental health provision across all medical institutions.
  • Focus on prevention measures that ensure young people are equipped with the knowledge and the skills required for better mental wellbeing.
  • Fight stigma about mental health issues by developing awareness programmes.