Mental Health

3 ways the world can work together to promote young people’s mental well-being

Mori Oyola (left), Magda Oyola (middle) and Wendy Pérez (right) are members of Sensación Estéreo, a community radio based in Malambo, a town located at the state of Atlántico in the north coast of Colombia. Sensación Estéreo has been working officially since 1998 and is one of the oldest and more well-known radio stations of this town.Sensación Estéreo is a community radio linked to the COVID-19 response C4D Strategy in Malambo, in the state of Atlántico located at the north coast of Colombia. This local radio is currently linked to the strategy ‘Somos Enlace’, carried out by UNICEF Colombia, along with its implementing partner ‘La Otra Juventud’.Sensación Estéreo is a community radio located in Malambo, Colombia, in the state of Atlántico at the north coast of the country. This organization was created over 20 years ago, but it got the official license as a community radio in 1998. Malambo has been deeply affected by the Coronavirus, therefore the work made through the network ‘Somos Enlace’ (meaning in Spanish we are a bond) is even more important in this context. As a part of the COVID-19 response, this Communication for Development strategy seeks that people and communities access life-saving information, increase their perceptions of risk and promote care and protection habits. To UNICEF, it is important that in Colombia, people are aware of the importance of handwashing and that when they leave their homes, they understand why they should wear the mask, among other measures to prevent COVID-19 spreading. ‘Somos Enlace’ has linked 28 alternative media and community- based organizations throughout 16 states in Colombia, and has been able to reach afro communities, indigenous communities and rural areas of the country. The strategy is being carried out by UNICEF Colombia along with its implementing partner ‘La Otra Juventud’ since the beginning of the year throughout the whole country. This strategy has been possible thanks

While adolescence and early adulthood can be a period of heightened risk for mental health, it's also an opportunity to embark on a positive trajectory. Image: UNICEF

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka
Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Gary Shaughnessy
Chair, Z Zurich Foundation
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