This WMHD we are relaunching some of platforms and recognising the theme, we are talking about this year – suicide prevention
“Suicide is the leading cause of death among adolescents (10–19 years old) in low- and middle-income countries and the second leading cause in high-income countries in the European Region. In 2015, there were over 4000 deaths from suicide among 10–19-year olds in the Region, principally among boys.”In 2018 the WHO Europe stated statistics in a paper called ‘Adoleacents and mental health in European Region
If his doesn’t ring alarm bells that mental health, especially in youth, needs to be taken more seriously then nothing will. This is why we are working to improve Europe’s overall approach to youth mental health both on a macro and micro level. By promoting mental health and preventing the impact of mental illness for young people across the continent. Here’s 1 of our Co-Director, Nick’s, message this year:
How do we do that?
We strive to share best practicee for professionals and encourage collaboration across countries in order to learn and share useful resources and learning.
However, our main focus is working WITH young people FOR young people. We offer support both mentally and financially to young activists to travel across Europe to attend high-level meetings, conferences and workshop events, in order for them to give their first hand experience to those ‘change makers’ who can make a difference for young people across Europe.
That is why, today we are re – launching our EYMH Activist program, which you can learn more about in our ‘become a volunteer activist‘ page above.
As well as this you can now join our EYMH Facebook network page where we encourage young people and professionals alike to join and share opportunities to learn and speak, current best practices and news of innovative programs going on across the continent.
Lastly, as mentioned we are a non-profit and have so far set up out of our own pockets and so we have now set up a instructions on how you can donate – you’re money will go towards enabling us and our team of volunteers to attend events and conferences across Europe ensuring young people’s voices are being heard from across the continent. As well as enabling us to offer free culturally relevent mental health workshops across Europe.
The irony being at present, the main instruction is to simply send money to our PayPal account, which is my email address firstname.lastname@example.org, when we have enough funding we will be able to pay for easier systems through upgrading memberships on certain sites with direct debits and on website donations available.
So please spread the word about all this excitement, we have lots of opportunities coming up for activists, but as well as this we also just want anyone with any skills to help. if you have a skill, maybe it’s governance, accounting, video editing, fundraising etc
Look forward to meeting you and working with you.
Stay healthy, mentally everyone.