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Laos youth receive mental health care from the UNFPA and the Philippines

The UNFPA will be sponsored by the United Nations Funds for Women’s Mental and Psychology on June 20, 2022 in Vientiane. The Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Center has also established action plans to carry out such initiatives, including training for youth counsellors in areas such as sexual and reproductive health, stress management, and the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

“We believe that cooperating to promote the welfare of young people through national procedures is critical,” said Philippine Ambassador Dina Joy Amatong. This gift will aid in the completion of this project and the acceleration of priority areas in the national strategy for youth and young development, notably in the area of social protection, which will contribute to the 2030 work plan and development goals.

According to Ms. Mariam A. Khan, UNFPA Representative in Lao PDR, this triangular relationship is a strategic partnership that must be further integrated into mental and psychological advocacy to better protect the health and dignity of women, men, women, and youth in the ASEAN area. UNFPA has previously collaborated with local partners to provide counsellors and volunteers with standardised mental health and psychosocial aid training as well as relevant equipment.

The Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Center’s Deputy Secretary of the Executive Committee, Mr. Nuanthong Suvanvisay, conveyed his gratitude and congratulations to the Philippine government for their support of UNFPA.

Supporting the development of Lao children and adolescents, including mental health and general difficulties for teenagers, as well as increasing access to counselling services to deal appropriately with stress and challenges. There are currently 63 counsellors from the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Center, the Women’s Union, and the Vientiane Capital Youth Center, as well as 320 volunteer youths from Lao National University.

Source: Medriva.

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