This chapter describes Danish youth policies in the field of health and well-being. Young people’s health and well-being is thoroughly monitored by national authorities.
Denmark has a well-developed healthcare system and a broad variety of offers and measures in relation to the prevention and early detection of issues with health and well-being among children and young people. Among other things, young people are entitled to free dental care, general practitioners, psychological treatment, and child and school nursing system. The municipalities and regions are responsible for the healthcare system. Furthermore, schools play a vital role in health education and other preventive measures, such as sex education, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyles.
In recent years, more young people are inactive and more young people experience mental health problems. Danish governments have initiated a number of actions in order to reduce the number of children and young people with poor mental health. With the reform of primary and lower secondary education implemented in 2014, and the reform of vocational upper secondary education programmes in 2015, physical activity was given greater priority during the school day.