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This blog was written by Ana Lucía López Flores, Communications Consultant for Central America, with support from Yesibeth Centeno, Project Manager.
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Mental health is a fundamental human right. Every individual should be able to live a life with dignity, fairness, equality and respect, and this includes individuals grappling with mental health issues. However, in the Central American region, stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health persist.
In Honduras, mental health takes a prominent role in the lives of young people who often encounter stark daily challenges. Violence and crime remain pervasive issues in Honduran society, with youth particularly at risk. Moreover, social factors such as gang affiliations and involvement in drug trafficking have fostered an environment of insecurity and fear, leading to heightened levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
Poverty and a lack of economic opportunities further impact the mental health of young people. Many struggle to access quality education, secure meaningful employment, or even meet their basic needs. This predicament can exacerbate feelings of despair, diminished self-esteem and frustration. The absence of suitable networks for psychosocial support compounds these mental health challenges.