The objective of this webinar was to present the best practices learnt in the implementation of the youth wellbeing project which focused on integrated mental health and wellbeing support for youth and particularly young people with lived experience of care.
This is the 15th webinar in the Transforming Children's Care Collaborative Webinar Series.
Mental health problems affect 10–20% of children and young people (CYP) worldwide, with a staggering 90% of these individuals residing in low-middle income countries. This alarming statistic sheds light on a global issue that demands our attention. Evidence suggests that lifelong risk factors are associated with institutionalisation, including violence, abuse, and neglect, all of which significantly contribute to mental health issues among young people. Sadly, mental health remains a seldom-discussed topic in Uganda, where interventions, if available, are primarily reactive, leaving individuals in an extremely vulnerable position before seeking or receiving support. Shockingly, a recent study reveals that 35% of CYP who have experienced institutional care received no support once they left care.