INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY is an annual celebration of the role of young men and women in the process of change and development, but also serve as an important day to raise awareness regarding various youth issues around the globe. The date (12 of August) has beed designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, and every year has its own special theme. For 2014 the theme is: “Youth and Mental Health” and goes under the slogan ‘Mental Health Matters’.
“Youth with mental health conditions can often experience stigma and discrimination, which in turn can lead to exclusion and/or discourage people from seeking help for fear of being negatively ‘labelled’. Efforts are needed to overcome this stigma to ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free of isolation and unnecessary shame, and that they openly seek the services and support they need. You can be part of these efforts!” (UN)