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Mental Health Month at Global Youth Mobilization

Celebrated annually on 10 October, World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness on mental issues and the impact that it has had on various communities. The WHO 2021 theme for World Mental Health Day is “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality”, with the aim of highlighting some of the scale-up efforts of various countries for mental health services as a result of the negative impacts of the COVID-19.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic young people have been affected by the disruptions in their access to education, employment opportunities and access to health care services that has led to increased cases of anxiety and depression. This month, Global Youth Mobilization, in collaboration with our partners, will highlight national projects and local solutions around the world focused on mental health issues, trends and stories of impact that promote wellbeing and offer solutions for support.

Join us this month on all our platforms and tag us @gymobilization to share your stories and ideas and how to bring about sustainable change to better the mental health of young people everywhere.

Read our stories of impact


Global Youth Mobilization

This month Global Youth Mobilization will focus on youth-led solutions from our national projects and local solutions to highlight stories of impact on mental health and wellbeing in collaboration with our partners. Read the stories from global projects that are at the forefront of the recovery efforts from the pandemic this Mental Health Month!


Launched today at the “Unlock the Future” high-level virtual event at the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Global Youth Mobilization and other youth-focused international organisations are proud to launch an exciting new declaration. The ‘Unlock Declaration’ launches a new coalition which will focus on the needs of next and future generations within the international system and highlights the need to prioritize the inputs and perspectives of young people, in order to determine their own futures.


At a time when young people face a series of emergencies they did not cause, how can the world come together to listen to their voices, respond to their demands, and work with them as designers of their futures? In the week that global leaders gather for the opening of the UN General Assembly, this high-level virtual event marks the beginning of the coalition for young people and future generations.


Global Youth Mobilization is a movement of young people taking action to improve their lives now and in a post-COVID-19 world.

Supported by the world’s largest global youth organisations, World Health Organization, and United Nations Foundation, the Global Youth Mobilization aims to address the negative impact of the pandemic on young people and support them to build back better. 

There are an estimated 1.2 billion young people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic response measures. Disruptions to education, employment, services and social support have changed the future of an entire generation. A generation disrupted.

It is more important than ever that governments, policy makers, academics, business leaders and civil society come together to find innovative ways of supporting communities and providing hope to younger generations. Join the mobilization today.

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Founding partners

The challenge

A year of education disruption – schools for more than 168 million children globally have been closed

83% of young people say their mental health was affected or severely affected as a result of the pandemic

1 in 6 young people have become unemployed since the beginning of the crisis

86% of young people are worried about their future


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