A Holistic Approach Towards Mental Health and Youth: The Launch
- By:Monique Agius
KNZ is proud to launch 'A Holistic Approach Towards Mental Health and Youth' with the support of EUPA and Erasmus +
Mental health and behavioral problems are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide. However, unfortunately they are not given as much importance as they should by both authorities and also citizens alike in our communities. There is a
taboo which prevents sufferers from seeking the help they need, afraid that they will lose their rights, resulting in these people getting caught in the system. Hence due to the pressure put by society and the marginalisation faced, one is not expected to get better.
Therefore, this project will be taking a holistic approach towards Mental Health and youths to create a policy paper which takes into account the various aspects of society, in order to make it more accessible to youths who suffer from mental health problems. Unfortunately, it is a fact that currently those who suffer through these problems, are either silent or else they risk exclusion from exercising some of their basic rights like the right to work. Our policy makers are responsible to ensure that the human rights of youths are safeguarded even against employers and businesses, therefore it would be ideal to have a wider framework that would cater for these aspects.
This project will be built on the fundamental idea of inclusion and integration of youths between the ages of 13 years to 30 years old suffering from mental health diseases in our society. KNZ has always been at the forefront in representing youths and assuring that their rights are always safeguarded, this will be no exception as we strive towards a more inclusive society where all youths are given the same opportunities.
The EU has put Mental Health and well-being as one of its priorities for the EU Youth Strategy, in order to give a voice to all those youths who are sometimes forgotten to ensure they are truly represented nonetheless even in policy.
There will be 5 events spread throughout the 7 months of this project, whereby every month would be tackling a different topic. Each topic will be reflecting a sector in our society which is of direct relevance to youths, like the education sector, employment and even the health sector. This will make the policy paper a more holistic one that will ensure that the human rights of people who are mentally sick are still protected. The project will focus on mental health services, mental health in the educational field and mental health in the workplace.
The event is free of charge and will be followed by a complimentary lunch. To register for the event please fill in the registration form.