Youth 7: Targeting mental health

Y7 leader Sophie Daud on how she got Boris Johnson to alter the G7 agenda

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Sophie Daud

Chief Executive Officer, Future Leaders Network

As chair of this year’s Youth 7, the official youth engagement group for G7 countries, my role is to champion their voice in the G7 discussions of officials, diplomats, ministers and leaders.

Which is why, when I met Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, in May, I asked him why mental health was not part of this year’s G7 agenda.

Why mental health? This year youth representatives consulted more than 10,000 young people across the seven member states and the European Union in March. Mental health ranked as the top health priority for young people in Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Britain and the EU, and as the second highest priority in the United States and Canada.

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