PANEL 2A: Youth Mental Health in Crisis: Myth or Reality?
Speakers: Dr. Brandi Eijsermans, Cathal Murphy, Ken Radford, William Stubbs, Bérengère Fouqueray
Is this new, fast paced, “switched on” world we live in driving us crazy? Post-millennials or Generation Z are physically safer and more connected than ever before, but appear to be on the verge of a mental health crisis.
According to the World Health Organization, 10-20% of children and young people experience mental health problems. Internationally, adolescent mental health is affected by issues ranging from child poverty and forced migration, to smartphone use and interactions through social media. The phrase ‘mental health crisis’ is echoing around the globe as media outlets, governments and NGOs struggle with how to define and deal with this complex issue. This panel aims to unpack the current state of our mental health to ask if it’s possible to develop a toolkit to help us stay healthy.
Panel 3A: Sustaining Our World - Humanity’s Greatest Challenge
Speakers: Marc Buckley, Oceane Dayer, Marie-Claire Graf, Simon Glover, Neeshad Shafi
In October 2018 the UN panel on climate change claimed that the worst consequences of global warming will occur much sooner than previously predicted. Due to the alarming rise of carbon levels in the atmosphere, worst case scenarios that were predicted to take place during the lifetimes of our children and grandchildren, are happening now. Icecaps are melting, the oceans are rising, and hundreds of animal species are threatened with extinction.
Media organisations are running out of hyperboles with which to describe the rapidly increasing nature of natural disasters. It’s time to ensure that ignorance is not an excuse and that education leads to action.
This panel will consider the best ways to sustain and improve our current environment and prevent further damage to the planet. Ultimately, we need to put a price on pollution.