#IAMWHOLE call to action for YMCA movement

#IAMWHOLE Campaign

On Tuesday 10 October, World Mental Health Day 2017, and beyond, YMCAs and young people from across the world will come together to challenge the stigma that is stopping individuals affected by mental health difficulties speaking out and seeking help.

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, Secretary General – World YMCA

At the recent YMCA Change Agent Global Gathering in Portugal, Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, YMCA Secretary General, encouraged YMCAs to get involved with the #IAMWHOLE campaign.

“Through our #IAMWHOLE campaign we are providing young people with a platform to speak out on the biggest health issue affecting them right now. Our very own One Million Voices research found that more than a third of young people are lacking the information they want and need on mental health.”

Poor mental health is costing more and more children and young people their education and their employment prospects. And without action, it is costing them their lives.

YMCAs and young people can get involved in a number of waysread more

Change Agents in Portugal

150 YMCA leaders from 50 countries are in Portugal for their YMCA Change Agent Global Gathering.

With the exemplary support of YMCA Portugal this group has had some unique experiences.  For example, the Change Agents had the opportunity to meet, present to and listen to Members from the Portuguese Parliament. They also met with local Setubal community leaders and had an environmental immersion contributing to local activities to serve local communities. read more