7.8 Current debates and reforms
Forthcoming policy developments
Due to the pandemic, belgian governments cooperated to strengthen the psychological support in december 2020. The multidisciplinary mobile aid has been strengthen to focus further on young people with mental health issues.
In the "0-25 Child and Youth plan", the Government has decided to strengthen the measure aimed at providing free meals school. Therefore, 12,500,000 euros will be dedicated to healthy food within schools.
The Covid-19 pandemic has many negative effects on youth's physical and mental health. A survey shows that the level of distress and anxiety has significantly increased among the age category 3-25. More than 80% of the group age 18-25 has a level of anxiety above the average.
A citizen action "draw your circle" (trace ton cercle) pulled together thousands of people to raise policy awareness about youth's distress.