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As cities around the world continue to draw young people for work, education, and social opportunities, a new study identifies characteristics that would support young urban dwellers’ mental health. The findings, based on survey responses from a global panel that included adolescents and young adults, provide a set of priorities that city planners can adopt to build urban environments that are safe, equitable, and inclusive. 

To determine city characteristics that could bolster youth mental health, researchers administered an initial survey to a panel of more than 400, including young people and a multidisciplinary group of researchers, practitioners, and advocates. Through two subsequent surveys, participants prioritized six characteristics that would support young city dwellers’ mental health: opportunities to build life skills; age-friendly environments that accept young people’s feelings and values; free and safe public spaces where young people can connect; employment and job security; interventions that address the social determinants of health; and urban design with youth input and priorities in mind. 

The article delves into the endeavor to create mental health-friendly cities, particularly focusing on young people. Research has identified key priorities essential for building environments that support the mental well-being of youth. These priorities include access to safe spaces for socializing and physical activity, affordable housing, public transportation, and green spaces. Additionally, initiatives that promote community involvement, social connections, and mental health awareness are crucial for fostering supportive environments.

Efforts to enhance mental health-friendly cities require collaboration among policymakers, urban planners, healthcare professionals, educators, and community members. By prioritizing mental health in city planning and development, cities can address the unique challenges young people face, such as stress, anxiety, depression, and social isolation.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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