The Fifth international conference “Mental Health: Global challenges of XXI century” was held from 21 to 23 October 2021. Director of iDemocracy NGO Human Rights Initiative Mykola Kuleba took part in the discussion.
During his speech the human rights activist focused on problems of teenagers that affect their emotional condition and mental health. Among them are smoking, consumption of alcohol and other narcotics, bullying, and suicidal thoughts.
«I want to emphasize that today we need to rethink prevention. It is much harder but much more effective to let a teenager understand that his/her life is valuable, that teenagers have dignity, that their dreams are valuable, and their experience is more important than counteracting events that have already happened and are happening now»,– noted Mykola Kuleba.
In addition, one of the biggest challenges is the low level of trust to parents and teachers among teenagers. The solution is to develop trusting, honest and open relationships with them.
«Adults need to accept the fact and finally understand that teenagers are somewhere smarter than us, they have "adult problems", they are fearless, sometimes too open, they often do not understand themselves. But they need wise adults»,– summarized Director of iDemocracy NGO Human Rights Initiative Mykola Kuleba
The aim of the Fifth international conference Mental Health: Global challenges of XXI century” was to increase public awareness about mental health as well as develop a platform for uniting efforts of experts, civil society activists and officials to solve pressing issues of mental health.