Youth Mental Health Support Program

Adolescence is a unique and formative time. Physical, emotional and social changes, including exposure to poverty, abuse, or violence, can make adolescents vulnerable to mental health problems. Protecting adolescents from adversity, promoting socio-emotional learning and psychological well-being, and ensuring access to mental health care are critical for their health and well-being during adolescence and adulthood. Globally, it is estimated that 1 in 7 (14%) 10-19 year-olds experience mental health conditions(1), yet these remain largely unrecognized and untreated. Adolescents with mental health conditions are particularly vulnerable to social exclusion, discrimination, stigma (affecting readiness to seek help), educational difficulties, risk-taking behaviors, physical ill-health and human rights violations.

Mental health is a dynamic state of internal equilibrium which enables individuals to use their abilities in harmony with universal values of society. Basic cognitive and social skills; ability to recognize, express and modulate one’s own emotions, as well as empathize with others; flexibility and ability to cope with adverse life events and function in social roles; and harmonious relationship between body and mind represent important components of mental health which contribute, to varying degrees, to the state of internal equilibrium.

It is recognized that young people are more affected by mental health conditions than others. Which is a concern we have taken seriously and so have initiated this program t0 support youth gain the capacity to strengthen their mental health skills, and also to provide necessary counseling, and assistance in this regard. We have worked with a number of agencies including the UNICEF, HRIDAY, and local partners to promote the issue.

Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Mental health has traditionally been a taboo subject in Bangladesh, frequently overlooked because of a lack of knowledge or awareness about mental health among health workers, or stigma preventing families from seeking help. SERAC-Bangladesh in collaboration with Bangladesh Youth Health Action Network – BYHAN, HRIDAY, WHO-SEARO, and UNICEF has developed National Action Plan and  implemented a 3 months long Mental Health Awareness Campaign by engaging 40 health champions under the project “Capacity Building of Adolescents and Youth as Health Champions” to establish a social and digital movement for raising awareness by engaging at least 10,000 adolescent and young people and transforming their perception and attitude towards mental health by December, 2022. During this campaign adolescents and youths are sharing their experiences and stories of mental health challenges and services using a specific hashtag. Creative contents on mental health awareness will be developed and promoted using social media. Video messages from parents supporting the mental health of young people will be shared on a monthly basis to encourage a friendly parent-child relationship. Also, a series of facebook live talk-show will be conducted on mental health awareness with ensuring participation of adolescents, youths and experts. Furthermore, world mental health day will be celebrated through a placard campaign

Mental Health Program Updates