UNICEF and Spotify ​collaborate on podcast and music hub​​​​​ to support youth mental health in Latin America

Spanish version of Our Minds Matter hub on Spotify launches today in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Chile and Paraguay.

30 May 2024

PANAMA CITY, 30 MAY 2024 – Today, UNICEF and Spotify are releasing a Spanish-language version of the Our Minds Matter mental health hub in seven countries in Latin America. 

Listeners will be able to access eight episodes of the UNICEF On My Mind podcast, which has been co-created with young people and informed by evidence on mental health needs. The hub also includes music playlists curate​d by Spotify for​​ ​relaxation and focus​ moments​.  

“In Latin America and the Caribbean, around 16 million children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 16 live with a diagnosed mental disorder. Every day, more than 10 adolescents die by suicide in the region. Thanks to UNICEF’s partnership with Spotify, the hub will help millions of young people access engaging content that responds to a wide range of mental health and well-being needs,” said Andria Spyridou, UNICEF LACRO Mental Health Specialist. “Our Minds Matter was developed with young people, for young people, putting the resources they need right at their fingertips.”

With investment in child and adolescent mental health still lagging, UNICEF’s partnership with Spotify aims to help reduce the large gap between the mental health resources young people need and what is currently available to them. It aims to combine Spotify’s reach and content with UNICEF’s mental health expertise and programmatic experience.

The eight episodes developed for Season 1 of the On My Mind Season podcast aim to improve knowledge, attitudes, practices and behaviours among young people specifically related to their mental health. The podcasts focu​​s​​ on:

  • Helping young people learn about mental health and how to deal with key issues like stress, depression, anxiety, loss and bereavement;
  • Providing practical tools and resources to support young people experiencing mental health challenges;  
  • Breaking down stigma to support help seeking behaviour among young people and their communities.  

“We’re proud of our continued partnership with UNICEF to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people everywhere. Together, we will continue to focus on harnessing the power of music, audio and other innovative digital content to deliver trusted and engaging mental health content for young people, their caregivers, and communities," said Katarina Berg, Chief Human Resources Officer at Spotify.

The Our Minds Matter hub was first released in Ukrainian, and Polish, and English in June 2023, focusing on responding to the urgent mental health needs of young people who have been affected by the war in Ukraine. 

Following the release in Spanish in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Chile and Paraguay, the hub will launch in Portuguese in Brazil in July 2024. Further releases are anticipated throughout 2024.

Spotify is also a member of the Global Coalition for Youth Mental Health, founded by UNICEF with the support of the Z Zurich Foundation. The Coalition is an alliance of partners who are committed to addressing the increasing global burden of mental health in children and young people. The Coalition is currently inviting signatories to an open letter calling for increased investment in Child and Youth Mental Health.

 

Media contacts

Sendai Zea
Communication Specialist (Emergencies)
UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean
Tel: +507 6821 0843

Additional resources

Dos ninos dándose la mano

Guide by countries: Find mental health support services for adolescents

About UNICEF

UNICEF works in some of the world's toughest places, to reach the world's most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.   

For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/lac/en.

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About Spotify

​​​Spotify’s platform revolutionized music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our move into podcasting brought innovation and a new generation of listeners to the medium, and in 2022 we entered the next audio market primed for growth with the addition of audiobooks.​​

​​​Today, more listeners than ever can discover, manage and enjoy  over 100 million tracks, 6 million podcasts titles, and 350,000 audiobooks a la carte on Spotify. We are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with more than 615 million users, including 239 million subscribers in more than 180 markets.​​