Launch of HAT Toolkit and new materials on programming for adolescent mental health
Join the webinar for the launch of these new materials
on Tuesday, 18 May at 09:00 New York time, 15:00 Geneva time.
Given that half of all mental health conditions start before the age of 14 years, adolescence represents a crucial time to intervene for preventing the onset of mental health conditions and promoting positive mental health.
During the last year, adolescents have been faced with challenges that previously they could only have imagined. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought radical changes to study routines and social interactions. This, together with concerns about infection, uncertainties about future prospects, as well as the financial impact of the pandemic on their families, has considerably affected their mental health. Even before the pandemic, mental health conditions were among the top causes of adolescent illness and disability, and the latest data indicates that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for 15-19 year-olds globally.
The Helping Adolescents Thrive toolkit, developed by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, provides programmatic guidance, based on evidence-based guidelines, for people working in the health, social services and education sectors on how to implement mental health promotive and preventive interventions that are appropriate to local needs and the contexts where adolescents live. The toolkit covers the legal foundations required for such programmes to succeed, the features of environments that are conducive to the well-being of adolescents, what support should be provided to parents and other caregivers, and psychosocial interventions that work.
The complementary Teacher’s Guide and Comic Book, written in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, can be used in schools as part of mental health promotion programmes to facilitate understanding and discussion of mental health issues.
The event is open to all so please share this invitation widely.