Fostering access to mental health support for young people

“A youth’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support.”
Duchess of Cambridge

Project Aims

‘The 'Hold On' project intends to expand young people's access to informal peer mental health services at non-medical service points and equip non-medical professionals working with young people, with the ability to recognize mental health issues and provide informal support’

Target groups

-Young people (16-29 years old)
-Professionals working with young people
-Educators and administrators in youth-focused institutions.
-Youth advocacy organizations and activists.


February 2023 – February 2025

The HOLD ON project is aligned with the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy for 2019-2027, aiming to enhance young people’s sense of initiative and the opportunities for their civic participation through voluntary engagement in peer support actions. The project encompasses strong active citizenship and solidarity elements, as it aims to inspire young people to take control of their lives and engage with and support others.

The COVID-19 crisis has been associated with worsening mental health and well-being among young people, and thus there is a need for a stronger community response that will address the existing gap in services provision. Through volunteering and offering peer support, young people can play an important role in addressing this urgent societal need. The HOLD ON project will create value and benefit youth in terms of knowledge, experience, and self-esteem, as well as bolster social ties and social capital.