„YMCA Europe is a working fellowship to strengthen movements where people grow in body, mind and spirit.“


6th October 2021

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more and more people every year are realising the importance of mental health and promoting positive mental health practice on a daily basis.

It conceptualises mental health as a “state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.

Depression and anxiety are some of the leading causes of illness among young people.

  • More than 20% of children and young people are affected by mental health issues.
  • Self-harm is the third cause of death in adolescents. 
  • 69% of young people are estimated to have mental health issues since the COVID-19 pandemic started, with lasting consequences for the current decade. 

YMCAs across the globe are answering the current problems of young people and empowering them for creating positive changes in their lives and communities. Mental health has become the priority for many organisations in Europe as well. 

As World Mental Health Day is approaching we suggest sharing the best practices in the area of mental health and wellbeing. It will be accumulated in the Movement Strengthening Library of YMCA Europe together with other materials. 

We are glad to share two documents elaborated by YMCA Malta.

"Let's Talk about Mental Health and Self-esteem"

"Let's Talk about Mental Health and Bullying"


Share your materials on mental health and wellbeing to info[at]ymcaeurope.com 

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