Year 2020 is a period in which we were faced with a major health crisis on a global scale. We have never been more alienated, and yet never closer to each other, united in an attempt to preserve interpersonal connections at least over the wire. Certainly, all of this has significantly affected our mental health.

Did you know that one out of four people goes through some kind of mental illness at some point in their life? Mental health is just as important as physical health. Mental health is not someone else’s care, it is everyone’s personal care, a part of obligatory hygiene and something that everyone needs and deserves to take care of.

In the spirit of World Mental Health Day and the fight to destigmatize the concept of mental health, we have chosen this topic as the umbrella topic of the work of our organization, World Youth Wave, for the year 2020/21. In accordance with that, we have chosen the slogan of our biggest project, International Student Week in Belgrade (ISWiB) – #IAppreciateME.

Because each of us is special. Because each of us is precious. Because each of us deserves to love ourselves first and foremost. Because we are all different, and that is exactly what makes us equal. Because we deserve respect. Because our mental health comes first. Because we are loud and we are ready to be even louder.

Because #IAppreciateME. Can you say the same?