On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day, on October 13 CARE International Balkans’ partner organization Youth Power organized a campaign “Are you OK?” in high schools in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton with the aim of encouraging young people to talk about mental health.
Due to the current situation, the activities could not be performed directly on the school premises, so we decided to support our partner high schools by donating disinfectants. The disinfectants and disinfection apparatus were provided as part of the campaign and were placed in school hallways next to posters with many messages. The messages were aimed at encouraging young people to ask themselves “Are they OK?” and seek professional help if they need it. All posters, stickers and labels aim to encourage young people to talk to each other, to their peers, and to help each other when they see the need.
World Mental Health Day, October 10, is marked every year to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining mental health and to make additional efforts to promote it.
The activity was realized within the project Young Men Initiative II (YMI): “Promoting Healthier Lifestyles among Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina by Challenging Gender Stereotypes II”, which is supported by the Swiss Government, OAK Foundation, Austrian Development Agency and CARE International Bosnia and Herzegovina.