Health is Wealth. The Master Plan considers SDG-3 as fundamental to human wellbeing. This is especially the case of youth and students: WHO reports that suicide is now the second leading cause of death among the aged 15-29. Of this 79% occur in countries deemed low-to-middle-income. The Master Plan pledges to allocate considerable resources to address this spike in human misery, recognizing that greater attention is needed now more than ever.
“I Am With You”: Just four simple words with a world of meaning.
As part of the Master Plan global initiative, we are proud to announce the #IAmWithYou campaign in order to raise awareness of and provide resources for, the millions of young people around the world suffering from depression, loneliness, and the suicidal ideations that can accompany them. As such, the #IAmWithYou campaign fits squarely within the fundamental objectives of the Master Plan’s efforts to promote SDG3.
According to the WHO, in 2016 over 62,000 people between 10-19 years of age took their life. In the years since this number has only increased, with predictions that this tragic trajectory will only continue. These figures, though disturbing, believe the far more widespread impact these suicides have on the family and friends of the deceased, with depression and thoughts of suicide having a hydra-like ripple effect across families, schools, and communities. Youth emotional despair is a global health crisis.
The young and struggling need to know that they are loved and are not alone in their struggles. They need to hear from all of us who can help: “#IAmWithYou”.
UN Member States (Ecuador, Morocco, Botswana) along with the World Youth Group would like to propose April 6th to 9th of every year as ‘INTERNATIONAL SPORTS WEEK’. Combination of the two international days; April 6th: International Day of Sports for peace and development (A/RES/67/296) and April 7th: World Health Day (WHA\A.2\Res/.35), complements each other and collectively contribute to accomplishing the goals of this Week, and the internationals days itself.
This policy requests governments and the UN to invest in sports. There is scientific evidence that sports and physical activities are effective tools to foster good health and well-being, particularly emotional and mental well-being.
In the framework of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) that was adopted in 2015, this proposal highlights the importance of sports to all the SDGs.
Emotional and Mental health has become a severe global health crisis, particularly among the youth. According to the WHO, “globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds (WHO 2021). Furthermore, the WHO report of 8 October 2021, shows the lack of progress in leadership, governance, and financing. According to the report, “In 2020, just 51% of WHO’s 194 Member States reported that their mental health policy or plan was in line with international and regional human rights instruments, way short of the 80% target. And only 52% of countries met the target relating to mental health promotion and prevention programs, also well below the 80% target.” (WHO,2021).
International Sports Week is a parameter of the second global policy of the #IAmWithYouCampaign that is developed by the Committee on SDG-3.
Professsional Development Workshop helps to enhance the emotional and mental health of students.
The virtual Professional Development Workshop (PDW) is designed for the World Youth Group by McGill University’s Faculty of Education and aims to build students’ and educators’ mental health resilience, in alignment with the recommendations outlined in the student mental health and well-being standard published by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). This standard is a unique national initiative to set standards to address mental health in post-secondary settings (MHCC, 2020) and emphasizes prevention and the need to integrate mental health instruction in educational settings. The PDW is based on a national emotion regulation and well-being curriculum for post-secondary students and educators, developed by McGill University’s Faculty of Education. While this curriculum was developed, implemented, and evaluated in the Canadian context, the workshop content and framework has been adapted for the global context for the PDW.