‘Surviving not thriving’

The outcomes of the youth dialogue on mental health and social inclusion

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.

Interactive discussions gathered insights on the mental health interventions and support young people need, how they stay resilient to protect their mental health and well-being, and how youth communities should be engaged in policymaking. The dialogues offered a safe platform for participants to share their lived experiences prior to, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It resulted in identifying key barriers, offered concrete solutions to better mental health and well-being in youth and also portrayed the worrying reality in which young people are ‘surviving, not thriving’.

Over the past months, we have been working to prepare the discussion paper, and it is now available. The event participants are invited to share their feedback with us via email info@nobodyleftoutside.eu by 1 May 2023.

The discussion paper provides answers to the following questions:

  1. What interventions and support do young people want and need?
  2. How are young people staying resilient and protecting their mental health and wellbeing?
  3. How should youth communities be engaged in policymaking?

Please find here the discussion paper ‘Surviving not thriving’.