Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Building a generation of youth with sound minds

Happy International Youth Day!

"If we don't take care of our future, if we don't make sure that young people are really given opportunities to realise their potential then we cannot hope to develop our continent." – Mo Ibrahim

Building a generation of sound mind

The theme for this year's International Youth Day (IYD) reminds me of my trip to the psychiatric hospital in 2010. I had an enlightening interview session with two doctors on the alarming increase of factors affecting mental health and the socio-cultural vices limiting medical interventions and treatment of mental disorder. You might want to check out the full report here

As we mark yet another exciting IYD with a focus on "Youth and Mental Health", I hope the day will not just be a whirlwind of activities. Each and everyone of us must commit and positively reach out to a young person in our community [neighborhood] and consciously mentor, support, groom, liberate him or her for a better today and tomorrow. This will reduce young people's vulnerability to mental disorder.

If you know a young person- out-of-school youth, or undergraduate, kindly forward this link [http://www.scribd.com/doc/210221423/Half-A-Loaf-A-Bakery-by-Jennifer-Ehidiamen-and-Funso-Bukoye] to download a free copy of "Half a Loaf & a Bakery," a book on youth volunteering, education, entrepreneurship and employment. It also tells the story of how five young people who are top leaders in their fields today started out. Please follow this link to download a copy of the book for FREE.

Half a Loaf and a Bakery


Author: Jennifer Ehidiamen

Interviewer: 'Funso Bukoye

Foreword: Mrs Oby Ezekwesili

Publisher: Click Weavers Communication (CWC) Limited.

Also available on OkadaBooks [android app] and bookstores near you [Media store, Silverbird Galleria Abuja; Florence and Lambard bookstore Palmgrove, Lagos; Terra Kulture, Victoria Island Lagos].

Stay mentally healthy!

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