No Discrimination reduces stress
លុបបំបាត់ជំងឺស្ត្រេសដោយបញ្ឈប់ការរើសអើង

There are 1.2 billion youth aged 15-24 years in the world and 20% experience a mental health condition, as reported by the United Nations (UN). The main factors leading to mental health problem are based on individual, psycho-social, economic and political pressures.

Within Cambodia, there are many factors that contribute to poor mental health, such as poverty, the history of war and conflict, lack of or low-quality education, unemployment, violence, a lack of child rights , cultural taboo between elderly and youngster, gender discrimination, and displacement from land grabbing. These human rights violations have become common mental health problems in Cambodian society.

Mental health problems Cambodian youth face stem from romantic relationships, domestic violence, low education levels and/or quality, unemployment or low-paid/irregular work, lack of youth services, substance abuse, risk-taking behaviors, discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and a poor knowledge of sexual reproductive health.

The United Nations in Cambodia celebrated International Youth Day on August 12 by organizing a panel discussion with almost 300 young people from grassroots groups, civil society, universities, as well as experts with the global theme of “Youth and Mental Health”, according to a UN press release.

The UN facilitated a panel discussion to encourage youth to interact with experts and share their concerns about mental health and the common factors leading to mental health problems among youth. The forum enabled youth to ask questions about past, present and future mental health conditions but also highlight the importance of recognizing the early signs of mental health conditions.

Technology has helped solve mental health problems by reducing isolation and is especially a useful tool for young people to share negative feelings and stress through mobile phones, sms, facebook, website & blogs, and other social media, explained Srorn Srun, a panelist at the event. While in some cases young people have experienced mental health problem because of inaccurate news or partners cheating online, there are still young people, mainly young women and girls who are able to use social media to speak out about their feelings at any time with people they feel comfortable with, he added.

There are 1.2 billion youth aged 15-24 years in the world and 20% experience a mental health condition, as reported by the United Nations (UN). The main factors leading to mental health problem are based on individual, psycho-social, economic and political pressures.

Within Cambodia, there are many factors that contribute to poor mental health, such as poverty, the history of war and conflict, lack of or low-quality education, unemployment, violence, a lack of child rights , cultural taboo between elderly and youngster, gender discrimination, and displacement from land grabbing. These human rights violations have become common mental health problems in Cambodian society.

Mental health problems Cambodian youth face stem from romantic relationships, domestic violence, low education levels and/or quality, unemployment or low-paid/irregular work, lack of youth services, substance abuse, risk-taking behaviors, discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and a poor knowledge of sexual reproductive health.

The United Nations in Cambodia celebrated International Youth Day on August 12 by organizing a panel discussion with almost 300 young people from grassroots groups, civil society, universities, as well as experts with the global theme of “Youth and Mental Health”, according to a UN press release.

The UN facilitated a panel discussion to encourage youth to interact with experts and share their concerns about mental health and the common factors leading to mental health problems among youth. The forum enabled youth to ask questions about past, present and future mental health conditions but also highlight the importance of recognizing the early signs of mental health conditions.

Technology has helped solve mental health problems by reducing isolation and is especially a useful tool for young people to share negative feelings and stress through mobile phones, sms, facebook, website & blogs, and other social media, explained Srorn Srun, a panelist at the event. While in some cases young people have experienced mental health problem because of inaccurate news or partners cheating online, there are still young people, mainly young women and girls who are able to use social media to speak out about their feelings at any time with people they feel comfortable with, he added.

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