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International Youth Day to emphasize on mental health issues this year
This year, the International Youth Day (IYD) shall be observed with the theme "Youth and Mental Health" under the slogan 'Mental Health Matters' today, informed the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of United Nations.

The theme has been chosen to create awareness about the fact that 20 per cent of the youth of the world experience mental health condition and require initiatives to address the issue.

"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!" urges DSPD.

UN's DESA has the youth as its focal point and runs an inter-agency network on youth development to promote multi-dimensional approach to addressing the challenges faced by young people with mental health issues, including tackling stigma and promoting social inclusion to enable all young people to achieve their aspirations and goals.

According to DESA, 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 'labeled'.

This UN agency stresses an international cooperation for social development, particularly in the areas of poverty eradication, productive employment and decent work and the social inclusion of older persons, youth, family, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and persons marginalized from society and development.

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