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UNICEF commemorates World Mental Health Day with the launch of the 1st Mental Health Chatbot for young people

On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day observed on 10 October, UNICEF launches the 1st Mental Health Chatbot for adolescents and youth.

Recognizing mental health as fundamental to the overall health and well-being of young people, the Chatbot aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health protection, combating social stigma and discrimination linked to mental health issues. It addresses specific issues linked to mental health and provides young people with useful tips on how to build self-esteem, interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Some of the main themes explored in the Chatbot include questions on How to build positive connections with people around you”, “How to start a conversation about mental health”, “How to build self-acceptance” and “How to express your feelings”. The Chatbot is free and anonymous and is made available through UNICEF’s U-Report platform in 6 languages: English, Greek, French, Arabic, Urdu, and Farsi. Through this Chatbot, all adolescents and young people 12-25 years old who live in Greece can access safe, speedy and accurate information on Mental Health directly on their mobile phones simply by sending the message “TIPS” via any of the following messaging channels:

WhatsApp: Send ‘TIPS’ to +30 6955 483316.

Facebook Messenger: Send ‘TIPS’ using Facebook Messenger at http://m.me/UReportGreece

Viber: Follow ‘ureportgreece’ Public Account on Viber (Go to Discover), Send the message ‘TIPS

U-Report is a UNICEF-led platform used by more than 25 million adolescents and young people in 95 countries. In Greece, UNICEF in partnership with the Network for Children's Rights launched the platform in April 2022. U-Report aims to empower young people to express their opinions and be active citizens and positive agents of change in their communities. It serves as a tool for exchanging information and collecting data in real time. The data can help decision-makers in the process of creating strategies, policies, and services based on real needs, as well as monitor progress in achieving strategic development goals and the realization of children's rights.

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