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Creativity is not just about producing art or coming up with new ideas. It is closely linked to our mental, emotional and physical well-being.

Encouraging creative activity, both individually and collectively, can lead to a more balanced, fulfilling and resilient life.

A powerful  example - Nnamo - New Normal Art is Moving Online

Facing the tough challenges of the pandemic head-on, Youth Power Germany launched an online initiative to make life better for young artists feeling the impact. But here's the interesting part—it's not just for artists; it's for all young people.

Building Strength through Creativity

Using creative strategies and digital tools, this project didn't just handle the pandemic's challenges; it turned them into chances to unleash creativity. The mission was simple: boost youth well-being and make life better during these hard times. Even with all the challenges, the pandemic became a moment for young people to show how innovative and creative you can be. Your ability to adapt and bounce back proved just how resourceful you are in a world that's changing fast.

Interview with young artists

The Nnamo Project sat down with young artists, delving into the challenges that resonate with many in the youth—grappling with loneliness and navigating the uncharted territories of quarantine. Explore these meaningful conversations on their online art platform.

These interviews are more than just talks; they’re inspiring for the youth, creating a sense of unity and reinforcing that feeling of belonging. In a world where it's easy to feel isolated, these conversations remind us that we're not alone in our experiences.

Why Creativity?

Creativity isn't just a skill; it can be a lifeline. In the face of the unexpected and tough times, it becomes our way of understanding, connecting, adapting, and not just surviving but thriving. It's our therapy, our language, and the bridge to community and understanding.

The Nnamo Platform: Your Creative Guide Designed for young minds navigating life, the Nnamo Project platform is a compass to offer guidance through various experiences, serving as a hub for creativity. Dive into online courses covering video production and social media marketing, tailored to meet the unique circumstances and needs of youth today.

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The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the mental health of young people. Here are some key points based on various studies:

  • Increased Mental Health Issues: Young people, particularly those aged 18 to 29, reported significantly greater mental health issues during the pandemic than those aged 50 and above.  Females in this age group reported significantly poorer mental health. How Covid-19 has had a big impact on young adults' mental health (
  • Role of Social Media: Time spent on social media was a strong predictor of mental health during the pandemic. People who spent more time on social media, particularly in excess of 4 hours per day, reported significantly poorer mental health
  • Feelings of Loneliness: Despite spending more time on social media and rating it as beneficial for social contact, young adults experienced greater feelings of isolation and loss of connection.
  • Pre-existing Mental Health Conditions: For young people with pre-existing mental ill-health, the effects of the virus may have been particularly challenging. Impact Of COVID-19 On Young People | The Children's Society (
  • Deterioration of Mental Health: There’s evidence that young people’s mental health deteriorated during COVID-19, with higher levels of depression and social, emotional and behavioral difficulties than before the pandemic. Study demonstrates the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on young people’s mental health (

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of young people

The pandemic showed some young people, especially those with mental health issues or facing discrimination, needed more support, leading to targeted help from countries.

Important pandemic initiatives, like mental healthcare access, should continue as the pandemic's mental health impacts could linger.

The need for tailored support for more vulnerable groups like young migrants and LGBTQIA+ youth

Services like mental health professionals in schools, initiated during lockdowns, should be maintained for consistent support.

Prioritising activities like sports and leisure is crucial for mental well-being and should be emphasised more post-pandemic.

The Impact of Migration Status on Adolescents’ Mental Health during COVID-19

  • Understanding the Impact: If you're a teenager, know that the pandemic has affected many young people's mental health, especially those who have moved from one country to another. You're not alone in this experience.
  • Seeking Help is Okay: Remember, it's important to seek help if you're feeling down, anxious, or having trouble sleeping. There are resources and people who understand and can support you, including online surveys and mental health programs.
  • Recognising Risks: Be aware that if you or your friends come from different cultural backgrounds, there might be a higher risk of facing mental health challenges during tough times like the pandemic.

The Impact of Migration Status on Adolescents’ Mental Health during COVID-19

  • Accessing the Right Support: Look for mental health support that understands your culture and language. It can make a big difference in feeling comfortable and understood.
  • Being Aware of Other Factors: Realize that other things like economic stress or the challenges of moving to a new place can also affect your mental health. Recognizing these factors can help you understand your feelings better.
  • Connecting with Others: Share your experiences with friends, especially those who might have similar backgrounds. Talking about it can help you and others feel less alone and more supported.
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