‘Surviving not thriving’. A discussion paper based on the outcomes of the ‘youth dialogue on mental health and social inclusion’ is now available

In December 2022, NLO in collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Europe, hosted the Youth Dialogue on Mental Health and Social Inclusion. The event brought together youth representatives covering healthcare professionals, young people with lived experience of mental health conditions and services, representatives of marginalised groups, and other interested parties to discuss mental health and well-being among young people, with a focus on who is most at risk and left behind. As a result of these discussions, we are thrilled to announce the release of 'Surviving not Thriving' discussion paper. We thank WHO Regional Office for Europe for their unwavering support and young participants for their valuable contributions during and after the event.

This paper is an essential read for anyone interested in the mental health and wellbeing of young people. It highlights the challenges faced by young people in terms of their mental health, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for sustained efforts from societal and governmental levels to address the issue. It provides valuable insights into the realities faced by young people experiencing poor mental health and social exclusion and offers practical recommendations for policymakers, service providers, and other stakeholders to address these challenges effectively.

‘Surviving not thriving’ paper is now available here







Agenda, Youth Dialogues on Mental Health and Social Inclusion

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📌 10h00 – 10h03    Welcome by moderator

  • Clara Drammeh

📌 10h03 – 10h09    Opening by WHO Europe Leadership

  • Chris Brown, Head, WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development
  • Ledia Lazeri, Regional Advisor for Mental Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe

📌 10h10 – 10h25     Presentation of solutions space paper and goals

  • Amanda Shriwise, Consultant, WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development

📌 10h25 – 11h10     Breakout sessions with discussions of youth representatives

📌 11h10 – 11h15     Break   

📌 11h15 – 11h50    Reporting from breakout groups (2-3 min each) and open discussion

📌 11h50 – 11h57    Reactions from WHO Europe Leadership, youth experts and civil society

  • Cassie Redlich, Technical Officer for Mental Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe
  • Hilaire Armstrong, Youth Initiative of the Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for Europe

📌 11h57 – 12h00   Closing by moderator