Every Day is Mind Day
Find out how to take care of your mind every day
Young people are left feeling afraid, lonely, anxious and concerned for their future in the second year of COVID-19, but far too many do not have the tools to cope with their feelings and do not seek help because of the stigma around mental health challenges.
Every Day is Mind Day is an opportunity for young people and their caregivers to talk openly, learn how to cope and get professional help as well as support their loved ones – because mental health is just as critical as physical health.
A UNICEF-led survey conducted in 2020 found that 7 in 10 children and young people reported poorer mental health due to the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. But they fear burdening others with their problems and lack the knowledge and access to services to seek support. According to the Department of Mental Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Rajanagarindra Institute, there are only 200 psychiatrists specializing in child and adolescent mental health in Thailand for an adolescent population of 8.7 million.
The campaign features unique augmented reality filters to encourage sharing everyday emotions on social media, as well as partnerships and Facebook Live talks with social media influencers, mental health experts, private sector, educational networks and youth-led organizations.
To help improve mental health literacy, our downloadable toolkits will inform young people and caregivers about mental well-being, tips for coping with complicated feelings and ways to support others.
It only takes a simple step to nurture mental well-being. Get involved and learn how to take care of your mind and support others. Because good health is more than just physical.
You can become a UNICEF Mental Health Champion today. Are you in? Download the #EveryDayMindDay Toolkit to learn how. Let’s help make Thailand a better place by caring for our mental health and creating safe spaces for others to share their thoughts and feelings. The conversation starts now!
Support yourself, and those you care for, by becoming a UNICEF Mental Health Champion today. Get involved by downloading our #EveryDayMindDay Toolkit which features practical tips to better understand your own emotions, as well as ways to support your loved ones who might be struggling with their mental health.
UNICEF’s work on mental health
UNICEF works with the government, civil society, private sector and young people in Thailand to raise mental health awareness and promote access to mental health resources and services.
Health and Education Reintegrating Operation or HERO, a mobile application launched with Rajanagarindra Institute, was piloted to strengthen mental health screening and referral systems by connecting schools and hospitals and by training teachers. It aims to reach around 6 million students nationwide by 2024.
LoveCare Station, an online chatroom launched with Path2Health Foundation, offers free and anonymous counselling on sexual and mental health for young people, as well as referrals to mental health services. More than 30,000 young people received online counselling in 2020.
In 2020, celebrities such as BamBam, Peck Palitchoke and BrightWin joined The Sound of Happiness campaign launched with the Department of Mental Health and JOOX Thailand to open up about their mental health struggles on a podcast with mental health experts and normalize mental health conversations for young people with their friends, family or someone they trust. The Sound of Happiness album also features six songs by leading artists such as MILLI, Blacksheep and ATTA.
For system-wide change, UNICEF is leading a study on implementing a mental health and psychosocial support system for children and young people in East Asia and the Pacific including Thailand. The study will identify how different sectors can build their resources and capacity and support social services to promote psychosocial well-being, prevention measures and responsive care for mental health conditions.
Learn more about how to support young people’s mental well-being with UNICEF’s global resources for parents and caregivers.