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Covid’s impact on our youth

The COVID pandemic had a large impact on society and especially on children and adolescents. Universities and schools were closed, as well clubs and other social places and on top of that a lot suffer from and loss of income. Their world became nothing more than their small rooms and they felt isolated. Data showed that in 2021 18 percent of the young people feel mentally unhealthy. Compared to 10,9% in 2020 this was a significant increase.


Young people’s mental health have emerged into a new crisis. The crisis has opened opportunities for civil servants, politicians, local stakeholders, and citizens in many European cities to innovate and develop activities to meet young people’s growing mental health needs.


This evening we will look at the needs of young people during covid (and beyond) and will show several best practices from European, national, and Amsterdam-level to draw inspiration. Not only to learn from this crisis, but also extract the learnings into a new time.


Thrive Amsterdam Mentaal Gezond, the RE-ACT research and MIND Us are working alongside to strengthen the mental health of young adults and adolescents.  Together we are creating a movement that puts mental health of young adults on top of the minds of Amsterdammers and the Dutch.


Date: Monday october 10th

Time: 20.00-22.00

Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger

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Esther Polhuijs – expert Childrights and research Unicef
Teun Zwemmer – studentcounselour Amsterdam
Iris Workum – transformers community
Julian van de Moosdijk – Join Us

Jose Manshanden – director of the Municipality Service Amsterdam

Wico Mulder – doctor for youth and Society & Health


MIND Us is an independent national foundation that wants young people to get a grip on their mental health, develop resilience and find help when needed. MIND Us focuses on promoting mental health and the prevention of mental problems in young people aged 12-27 and the availability of early support when symptoms start. MIND Us joins forces, stimulates (innovative) initiatives and ensures that the mental problems of young people receive the proper attention. This together with young people, policymakers, municipalities and entrepreneurs.


Thrive Amsterdam

Thrive is a social movement that wants to improve the mental health of the citizens of Amsterdam.

Research is an important element of our work. Therefore we are participating in the RE-ACT research. This is a collaboration between Thrive Amsterdam, GGD Amsterdam and seven European cities. It aims to stimulate reflections on the immediate effects that COVID 19 has had at a local level in the life of the city and for the younger generations, on the (possible) consequences that have been there in the field of wellness and mental health. The project is subsidised by the European Commission and falls under the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values ​​grant program (CERV).



10 Oct 2022


20:00 - 22:00

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