International youth day – youth and mental health


Every year, the United Nations celebrates the achievements of young people on international youth day (IYD).

This year IYD was observed on 12 August, with a theme of youth and mental Health.  As young workers, our mental health can be affected by heavy workloads, insecurity and discrimination in the workplace. 

We all have to find ways to relieve the tension in order to preserve our mental health.

Public Services International (PSI) young workers have decided to celebrate IYD by sharing how we manage stress and support people with mental illness. 

You can help the PSI campaign, running from 12 August 2014 to 12 September, by posting a statement or photo on Facebook or Twitter about what you usually do to get rid of stress and/or stand with people with mental illnesses. 

Please include the hashtags #mentalhealthmatters and #PSI4Youth.  The statements will be summarised in a PSI leaflet on mental health.  For more information see: Mental Health FoundationPSI, and the UN.