On 24th May 2019, Lindsey Turnbull @MissHeardMedia conducted a Tweetchat on Youth Mental Heath –
The discussion began by asking the audience where the youth fits in SDG3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. The audience responded that youth are a part of the “ALL” inclusive policy as they are not age or gender-specific. Also, youth should be an important part of the sustainable development goals as they are the building blocks of society. The next topic of discussion was about the role of mental health in overall health and well-being. The audience agreed that mental health affects the physical health of a person as various issues like stress, anxiety and depression have a direct impact on the heart-rate, acidity levels and other physiological changes. The audience then had a discussion about the reasons why people avoid talking about mental health. Later, suggestions were asked on how our communities can work towards reducing suicide rates which is one of the aims of SDG3. Generating awareness about the subject, creating social communities, raising discussion panels and speaking up openly and honestly about mental health were some of the measures suggested by the audience. The next question was how often are youth a part of conversations concerning mental health issues? The audience shared that youth in India are not very active participants, however the number is growing due to social awareness. The discussion ended by asking the audience their suggestions about how can people support and encourage girls especially to talk about mental health and wellness and what can be done to promote mental wellness and stigma free treatment.
A tweetchat by Lindsey Turnbull!