Promoting mental health during the European Year of Youth in 2022
Question for written answer E-004896/2021
to the Commission
Predrag Fred Matić (S&D)
Mental health is an issue of growing importance among young people today. In 2019, anxiety and depression accounted for 55 % of mental disorders among adolescents in Europe.
The COVID-19 crisis has significantly affected the lives of young people aged 15-24 years.
Data collected in March 2021 shows that rates of anxiety and depression among young people in Belgium, France and the United States were twice as high as before the pandemic.
UNICEF published a report in October 2021 entitled ‘The state of the world’s children 2021’, in which it underlined that 9 million European adolescents between ages 10-19 (16.3 %) suffer from a mental disorder. It is estimated that three young lives are lost every day in the EU due to suicide, totaling almost 1 200 children and adolescents annually.
- 1.What programmes and activities will the Commission run on the subject of the mental health of children and adolescents during the European Year of Youth 2022?
- 2.Will the Commission provide funding for programmes promoting mental health within the budget of the European Year of Youth 2022?