What is International Adolescent Health Week?
International Adolescent Health Week (IAHW) is from 21-27 March, 2021.
IAHW is an annual week-long global celebration to raise the profile of adolescents and involves dynamic participatory events to inspire adolescents and their communities to advocate for a successful transition into adulthood. The goals for the week internationally are aimed towards increasing the recognition of unique health issues facing adolescents worldwide and increasing their engagement in their own health decisions, with an ultimate goal of working collectively towards improving the health and well-being of young people.
The theme for this year’s event is: Adolescent resilience in the face of a pandemic
For more information on International Adolescent Health Week, visit www.internationaladolescenthealthweek.org
How can I get involved?
We would like to celebrate IAHW in CHI at Temple Street by asking young people/adolescents to send us something that represents them or is meaningful to them. This could be a piece of art, a poem or song lyrics or a picture and we will create a display in our hospital. We would also love to hear from adults or peers who have a supportive message for young people and we will include these in our display. We must be able to print the submissions.
All submissions must be accompanied by a media consent form and can be sent to – the media consent form is downloadable here.
The media consent form allows us to display submissions– we cannot accept any submissions without one. We reserve the right to omit submissions that are considered inappropriate for this activity.
Did you know?
In 2019, of patients aged 12-18 years old that attended CHI at Temple Street:
- More than 3,700 were admitted as in-patients
- More than 23,650 attended outpatient appointments
- More than 10,000 came through our Emergency Department
Dr Órla Walsh is the first General Paediatrician with a special interest in Adolescent Health to be appointed by CHI. She is based in CHI at Temple Street and CHI at Connolly and has established regular outpatient teen clinics dedicated to adolescent health issues within General Paediatrics. She is one of many Health and Social Care Professionals in Temple Street and across CHI who enjoys working with and learns so much from adolescents, every day.
“I am one of many healthcare professionals in CHI who enjoy working with adolescents every day. I love hearing their perspective on things. It’s so important to remember that they are the experts on their own physical and mental health. It’s our job as healthcare professionals to support them in using their voice and advocating for themselves.
Obesity, poverty and mental illness, including eating disorders, are some of the biggest threats to Irish adolescents at the moment. There are many great teams in CHI working together to try to help tackle these issues with young people and their families.
Adolescents will transform our future so we must invest in their health and wellbeing right now. We know that a lot of young people are struggling at the moment, following a turbulent year. I see IAHW as a great opportunity to show our support to young people as part of their community, and work with them to improve adolescent health going forward.”