MIND THE GAP
The study session “Mind the Gap” was prepared by a team of 5 FEMYSO volunteers in cooperation with the European Youth Centre Budapest from 7 to 11 March 2022.
It brought together 33 participants from 16 countries to engage in the recovery of their communities and find ways to tackle mental health issues and taboos surrounding them through education on human and social rights. This was done through exploring mental health as a topic and how it exists in the everyday life of young people with minority background.
Taboos and misconceptions were further discussed, resulting in a reflection on ways in which mental health itself is somehow seen as a taboo in local communities, which prevents young people from learning about it and accessing support services.
The participants furthermore explored how youth participation and activism is affected by mental health, such as stress and even burnout. It was concluded that also activists need to rest and to take care of their mental health, in order to continue their work.