7.8 Current debates and reforms
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As illustrated in the Cyprus News Agency on 25th November 2019, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth announced the preparation of the National Strategy for Sports. The preparation begins by conducting research, and this is the first step towards modernizing Cypriot sports.
In the public sphere, the topic of young people’s mental health is of primary importance, especially among stakeholders who influence youth policies. In an attempt to identify the current situation in the emotional state of youth in Cyprus, the Youth Board of Cyprus has published on January 2022 the results of a quantitative survey which involved 500 young people aged 18-35. The survey (Παρουσίαση Αποτελεσμάτων Ποσοτικής Έρευνας «Η Ψυχική υγεία των νέων») also aimed to investigate the degree of knowledge and satisfaction of young people from the existing structures/support services of the State, the effects of the pandemic as well as to identify the needs of young people so as to offer them more targeted support in mental health issues. Therefore, the results of the survey can be a great tool for improving State’s services and policies on youth’s emotional and mental health.