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World Mental Health Day: Young people and mental health in a changing world

It's World Mental Health Day again and the World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing on "young people and mental health in a changing world".

"Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job," said WHO in a statement marking the international day. "The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for more resources for young people. "Those who face discrimination – Indigenous young people, LGBTQ2 young people, and others – often deal with particular difficulties and greater obstacles to getting the care they need. We need to make sure young people have the right tools and resources to value themselves, find support, and be there for each other."

What are you doing to improve your mental health and wellness or that of others around you? Let us know via the twitter #WorldMentalHealthDay.

Links:

  1. World Health Organization
  2. Canadian Mental Health Association