Dec 13, 2023
The 3rd International Congress on Mental Health and Addiction Prevention, Planet Youth, in Guanajuato, Mexico, was held from November 29 to December 1, 2023. The event attracted over 2,000 participants at the grand Auditorio del Estado in Guanajuato. Speakers from around the world covered various aspects of the theme of substance use prevention for youth and mental health.
Diego Sinuhe Rodrígues Vallejo, the Governor of Guanajuato, opened the conference and provided an overview of the work done in the state over the last four years, implementing the Planet Youth methodology. The Health Minister of Guanajuato, Dr. Daniel Diaz Martínez, who has overseen the operations in the state, also delivered a talk.
Guanajuato, Mexico, is a vibrant state known for its rich history, colonial architecture, and cultural heritage. The capital city, also named Guanajuato, is a UNESCO World Heritage site characterized by colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, and historic landmarks. The state is renowned for its annual International Cervantes Festival, celebrating literature and the arts. Economically diverse, Guanajuato has industries ranging from agriculture and mining to automotive manufacturing.
Like many regions in Mexico, Guanajuato has faced challenges related to drug and substance abuse, influenced by broader issues of drug trafficking and organized crime prevalent in some parts of the country. This status, combined with a growing young population in the state, has prompted authorities to proactively plan for a healthier future for upcoming generations.
During the conference, on December 1, a special prevention day for the state was announced. This effort reflects a commitment to raising awareness about substance use, health, and other social concerns. Designating a specific day for prevention efforts underscores the importance of community engagement and proactive measures to address relevant challenges.