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World Mental Health Day: Young people in the digital age


EMSP’s partners at Mental Health Europe joined by healthcare stakeholders and policymakers marked World Mental Health Day 2016 with a meeting hosted on 10 October in the European Parliament in Brussels.

The event was titled ‘Mental health and young people in the digital age: addressing risks, seizing opportunities’.

It was co-organised by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Miriam Dalli and Julie Ward.

European Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis also attended.

Creativity vs bullying

On the one hand, the related presentations and discussions focused on identifying the potential negative effects of the internet and social media on mental health.

On the other hand, the participants highlighted the many positive aspects of using digital tools to preserve and improve mental health.

Find the event presentations here.

Mental health in numbers

1 in 4 people in Europe will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.

1 in 5 young people will be affected

50 percent of mental health problems are already evident by the age of 14

12 percent of young people between 11 and 16 years have reported being cyber-bullied in 2014

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