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  • The Ministry of Youth and Culture will commemorate International Youth Day 2014 (IYD) with the launch of its poster competition entitled: “Mental Health Matters”.
  • The competition, which is being promoted through the Youth Information Centres (YICs), will highlight the importance of mental health among young people.
  • International Youth Day is celebrated around the world on August 12 each year and this year’s theme is "Youth and Mental Health".

The Ministry of Youth and Culture will commemorate International Youth Day 2014 (IYD) with the launch of its poster competition entitled: “Mental Health Matters”.  The competition, which is being promoted through the Youth Information Centres (YICs), will highlight the importance of mental health among young people.

International Youth Day is celebrated around the world on August 12 each year and this year’s theme is “Youth and Mental Health”.

The winner of the poster competition will receive a cash prize of $15,000 courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston and will have his/her poster displayed on the website and social media pages of the National Centre for Youth Development — the youth division of the Ministry of Youth and Culture.

Director of Youth Programmes at the Ministry, Takisha Sten-Barnes said the poster competition would “raise awareness of the important mental health challenges that some youth endure and provide an outlet for those who have been stigmatized or discriminated against to speak up and speak out about their experiences.”

Ms. Barnes said youth across the island looked forward to the annual celebration of IYD because it recognizes the important contribution of young people to the process of development.

The Ministry will also conduct Youth Empowerment Seminars in the parishes of St. Catherine and St. James to mark International Youth Day.

Following the seminars, participants will be required to participate in a four day training workshop which will explore a holistic approach towards the development of self, mind and body. The workshop will be conducted by the international non-profit, the Art of Living.

The global observance of International Youth Day this year is intended to raise awareness of mental health conditions, as well as highlight the experiences of brave, young individuals who have chosen to speak out about these issues. The objective is to overcome stigma and discrimination and ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free from isolation and unnecessary shame.