International Youth Day Commemoration held at May Gray Hotels Ltd Nyanya, Abuja on 12th August, 2014

August 12 is International Youth Day. It is celebrated every year by youth groups around the world with activities that showcase their positive contribution to their communities. Gede Foundation participated in this year’s theme, “Youth and Mental Health”, by joining Activista Nigeria (ActionAid Nigeria) and Parents Against Drug Abuse (PADA) in an interactive session to discuss Activista Nigeria’s campaign against discrimination/stigmatization of youth living with mental health issues. Youth recovering from substance abuse disorders shared their experiences on their dependence on prohibited drugs, how they were able to overcome it, and how they are able to live productive lives now.

Participants agreed to raise awareness on the importance of mental health in their communities and establish a peer support network to assist those in need.

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