The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee ( SOCHUM ) | Beginner

What is the SOCHUM?

Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) is the Third Committee of the General Assembly. It directs on a broad spectrum of topics regarding the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Primarily guided by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, SOCHUM has a wide range of actions. The variety of social and cultural framework issues generates collaboration with various organizations such as UNESCO, FAO, and UNICEF that aid in the Committee's implementation of resolutions. In addition, SOCHUM is a forum where all UN Member States are represented within it, and negotiation and exchange of experiences between member States are amplified.

TOPIC:
Improving Mental Health in the youth

Adolescence is a crucial and formative period in one's life. The youth might be vulnerable to mental health problems due to various physical, emotional, and social changes, such as poverty, abuse, or violence. Promoting psychological well-being and protecting the youth from adverse experiences and risk factors that may limit their ability to thrive is crucial for their well-being in teenage years as well as adult physical and mental health. WHO lists Suicide as the third leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds. However, untreated mental health issues from a young age can lead to far more devastating effects on the individual and society in general. Even though mental health issues in adolescence are higher today, many initiatives worldwide work to provide resources for children and further destigmatize mental health issues.

Country List

United Kingdom, United States of America, Germany, China, Russian Federation, France, Oman, Yemen, Italy, India, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Iran, Kenya, Algeria, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, The Republic of Korea

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