Engaging young people in your mental health program - International Youth Day webinar

On 12 August 2016, 3pm UK time (local time converter), we celebrated International Youth Day 2016 by learning about, and getting inspired by, youth mental health initiatives across the globe. The webinar focused on:

  • how to engage young people in mental health initiatives
  • how to create a safe space for young people to talk
  • how to help young people increase their resilience


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About the Innovations

UNITY is a youth-focused program based in Canada which uses hip hop art forms such as break dancing, beat boxing, spoken word poetry, and graffiti art to engage and empower youth living in priority and high risk communities. 

View the National TV Commercial that shows the impact of programs offered by UNITY:

Farm Radio International has taken an integrated mental health approach in Malawi and Tanzania that uses schools, radio programs, youth clubs, and primary care clinics to increase awareness of depression and encourage appropriate care.

View the Mental Health On Air trailer:


In 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the General Assembly declared August 12 International Youth Day, which gives an opportunity to celebrate young peoples’ views and initiatives. Celebrations at the United Nations Headquarters and around the world will recognize the importance of youth efforts, collaboration and participation in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and in particular the role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable production and consumption. Events to celebrate International Youth Day 2016 will take place all over the world. Be part of the celebrations by organizing your own event or activity. You can organize an event to celebrate International Youth Day in your community, school, youth club, or workplace. Let us know about your event by sending your planned event or activity for International Youth Day to youth@un.org, and we’ll map it on the IYD World Map of Events. You can also follow us on social media at United Nations Youth on Facebook and @UN4Youth on Twitter!

North America
Children and adolescents
Empowerment and service user involvement
Training, education and capacity building
All disorders
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