Youth Leaders participating in the Leading Minds 2019 conference on mental health and UNICEF staff recording a Special Edition podcast at the UNICEF Innocenti office in Florence.
(7 November 2019) On the eve of the first ever UNICEF and WHO joint consultation on young people's mental health - at Leading Minds 2019 in Florence, Italy - invited young leaders gathered to record a podcast documenting their views on urgent actions needed to address the rising mental health crisis. On arrival in Florence, a discussion on enhancing digital engagement around Leading Minds 2019 led to their idea to produce the podcast to provide a detailed discussion on their recommendations for global experts and decision makers. The podcast provides a platform for them to expand on their own experiences, their efforts to make change and what they most need to accelerate improvements in global mental health.
Leading Minds is UNICEF’s new annual global conference series – launched this year as the world celebrates 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – to highlight burning issues affecting children and young people in the 21st century, and to formulate decisive action informed by scholars, scientists, governments, philanthropists, business, civil society and young people themselves.