"Improving Adolescent and Youth Mental Health"
Adolescent Mental Health

Adolescence, a pivotal stage of development spanning ages 10 to 19, is fraught with a myriad of social, emotional, and biological changes. For many young individuals, this period can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. However, when compounded by adverse life events and societal pressures, it can lead to profound mental health challenges. Statistics paint a stark reality: one in seven adolescents grapples with mental illness. These struggles are further exacerbated in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where resources for mental health services are scarce, amplifying the burden on already vulnerable youth.

Adolescent Mental Health Summit

Led by LVCT Health and Grassroot Soccer, in collaboration with the Department of Health, Nairobi County, and Mombasa County, the 2024 Adolescent Mental Health Summit will bring together leading figures in mental health including government representatives, international and local agencies, donors, and young people to address the pressing issue of adolescent mental health.

This pivotal event will explore the influence and effectiveness of MindSKILLZ — an innovative, play-based program that builds adolescents' mental health knowledge and coping skills — and other mental health promotion and prevention approaches. Sessions will share best practices for adolescent mental health prevention and promotion as well as facilitate discussions around common obstacles faced in improving adolescent and youth mental well-being.

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