Mental health: 5 simple tips to stay positive when you’re young (despite challenges)

Mental health: 5 simple tips to stay positive when you're young (despite challenges)

Mental health remains a hot topic more than ever. In 2023, that of the youngest remains “degraded”, as reported by Santé publique Europe. The institution is also sharing, on this World Mental Health Day, five video tips for taking care of it. Here are the ones.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. On this occasion, Public Health Europe reports figures showing that the mental health of young people remains “degraded” and publishes “Le Fil Good”, a set of five videos broadcast on social networks until December. Objective: to decipher the behaviors that allow you to take care of your mental health.

“Degraded” mental health for young people aged 11 to 24

The latest figures showing the evolution of mental health among young people are not good. Indeed, the mental health of young people aged 11 to 24 remains “degraded” in Europe, “a constant trend since September 2020” notes Public Health Europe.

The various data collected show that “use of emergency care for mood disorders, suicidal ideas and gestures increased sharply in 2021 and then 2022, to remain at a high level since then” and “among young people aged 18-24, the increase even continued markedly in 2023”.

More than a third of 18-24 year olds feel like they are “not taking care of their mental health”

In addition, Public Health Europe also reports figures from Coviprev surveys, set up in 2020 and regularly carried out to monitor changes in the mental health of the population. “In 2022, 35% of 18-24 year olds felt like they were not taking care of their mental health or well-being. Among these young people, 32% said they did not know how to do it, 29% said they did not have the time and 25% did not feel capable. reports the press release.

Five videos to help young people

To help young people, Public Health Europe recalls the tools made available to everyone, but in particular young people, to act on their mental health. Called “Le Fil Good”, this system is launched today until December.

It is made up of five videos, broadcast exclusively on social networks: TikTok, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. With the aim of reminding young people of five positive behaviors for their mental health, namely:

  • Practicing physical activity;
  • Get enough sleep and regular schedules;
  • Take time for leisure and/or a hobby;
  • Help others ;
  • Practice gratitude.

At the end of the video, you are also reminded that if you feel unwell, you should talk to a trusted person or someone from the Fil Santé Jeunes system, an anonymous and free service for young people aged 12 to 25 years. Fil Santé Jeunes offers a helpline at 0 800 235 236, accessible 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and a website bringing together information, a forum, a chat, and guidance towards support structures. help, such as reception and listening places, adolescent centers or associative or care structures.