Elevating Youth Activism: Fostering Mental Resilience for UN SDGs By Lateefat Odunuga

Elevating Youth Activism: Fostering Mental Resilience for UN SDGs By Lateefat Odunuga


In the realm of addressing urgent global challenges through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), the unwavering dedication of young individuals stands as a beacon of inspireion.

Youth activism goes beyond mere vocalistation of concerns; it represents a potent force driving transformation on the global stage.

Events like the UN SDG Action Weekend, where influential figures like Yemi Alade, a renowned Nigerian artist and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, emphasize that love, without accompanying action, remains mere rhetoric in the global political landscape.

However, it’s crucial to recognize that the path of global activism can exact a toll on mental well-being, potentially leading to burnout among these passionate advocates.

Abeg o! Body no be 🪵 firewood; it requires rest.

This is where the concepts of mental health and community care become paramount.

In the world of high-level politics, young activists must cultivate robust support networks offering emotional and practical assistance.

These networks help mitigate the risk of burnout while enabling peak performance in global advocacy efforts.

True global activism transcends the mere confluence of voices; it embodies a collective commitment to advancing the UN SDGs and shaping a sustainable future for all.

As a new generation of activists takes the global stage, aligning their missions with principles of community care and mental health is imperative.

This approach fosters resilience, ensuring that the passionate pursuit of global change remains sustainable in the long term.

In essence, global activism is not only about improving the world but also nurturing the mental well-being of those championing these critical causes on the international stage.

Lateefat was a participant at the 2023 United Nations SDGs Summit


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