International Youth Day Сelebrated in Belarus

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 12 August to be marked as International Youth Day each year. This year the theme for the youth day is "Mental Health Matters". Half of the world's population –1.2 billion people – is comprised of youth between 15 and 24. Globally almost 20% of young people experience problems with mental health. In Belarus, neuropsychiatric disorders are estimated to contribute to 17.4% of the burden of disease.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 12 August to be marked as International Youth Day each year. This year the theme for the youth day is "Mental Health Matters". 

Half of the world's population –1.2 billion people – is comprised of youth between 15 and 24. Globally almost 20% of young people experience problems with mental health. In Belarus, neuropsychiatric disorders are estimated to contribute to 17.4% of the burden of disease. 

One of the most tragic consequences of mental health disorders is suicide. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics suicides are the leading (and also hidden) cause of death among young people between 15 and 31 years old.  In Belarus the suicidal rate among the youth aged 15–29 is much higher than among the representatives of other age groups. 

Illnesses and disorders related to the mental illnesses require obligatory psychiatric treatment, long–term sometimes, in the form of individual courses and family therapy. The therapeutically process is not very likely to be successful and unlikely to be sustainable and effective without involvement of the family and friends of a child or a young person.

In his message on International Youth Day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki–Moon says: "Let us begin to talk about our mental–health in the same way we talk about our overall health. As we mark International Youth Day 2014, let us enable youth with mental health conditions to realize their full potential, and let us show that mental health matters to us all.” 

Today the UN in Belarus launches a two–month campaign focusing on young people. One of the first activities is a
photostory of one day that young people with some mental health disorders held with famous Belarusian TV Host and blogger Andrey Bond.

The photostory (in Russian) and interview with Andrey Bond is available through the link http://un.by/en/news/belarus/yd.html

Photo: Julia, Pavel, Vladimir, Pavel, Anya and Andrey Bond at the photosession.
©UNICEF/2014/Konotop