The SHM Foundation celebrates International Youth Day 2016

Published on: 12-08-2016

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On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly declared 12 August as International Youth Day.


The SHM Foundation’s Project Khuluma works with youth living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa to address their mental health and wellbeing needs.

The SHM Foundation team presented the findings from Project Khuluma at the AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban last month. Together with Body & Soul, they hosted a session in the Global Village on #MentalHealthMatters for Young People Living with HIV. Read their reflections on the Mental Health Innovation Network Blog.


To celebrate International Youth Day, we present a poem written by one of our Khuluma participants on the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

Being a teenager isn’t easy


When we were young we were so excited to grow up nd become sisters and brothers
yet we didn’t know what it means,
as teenagers we face many challenges that we can’t deal with,
sometimes its called growing up


Being a teenager is not easy expecially when u are a girl nd have to raised by a father ,
as a girl there are problems we come across that need a mother
but unfortunately she’s not there for u


As teenagers the challenges we come across ,
some of them come unexpected ,
some leave us heart broken ,
some kill us emotionally,
mentally, nd physically,
now we are teenagers we wish to become young again
only to find out its impossible
The more we grow up the more tougher life become,
but what we know is that life is all about changes nd choices ,
but they say what kills u makes u stronger

About us

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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