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Heartbeat of humanity: Mental Health and Youth

We know that when young people are experiencing a crisis or difficult situations, most often they would want to talk to a peer instead of an adult, so that’s why we started to look into how we could create materials that will empower young people to help other young people

In this latest episode of Heartbeat of Humanity, Communications Officer Trine Rosa Larsen is – in light of World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme “Mental health is a Universal Human Right” – exploring the intersection between mental health and youth. According to WHO, around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have a mental health condition with Anxiety and Depression in the lead. Globally, suicide is one of the leading causes of death among 15 to 29-year-olds, and though many different factors lead to suicide, poor mental health for extended periods of time can be one of them. To gain some insight, Trine is interviewing three people who work with different aspects of MHPSS and youth. Take a listen to Louise Graabæk (Danish Red Cross Youth), Paul Klahre (World Organisation of the Scout Movement), and Fouad Sayed Issa (Head of Violet – a youth volunteer-run organisation in Syria) when they talk about why it is important to involve young people in MHPSS, how to do it, and what some of the mental health challenges faced by youth are today.

The podcast Heartbeat of Humanity is mainly for staff and volunteers in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, especially staff and volunteers working in mental health and psychosocial support services.

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