With more than half of Hondurans younger than 25 and the majority of the population living in poverty, young people need access to employment opportunities. Yet, too many Honduran young women and men face dismal economic prospects with 27 percent of youth not in education, employment or training. Compounded by the impacts of climate change and food insecurity, those who cannot find jobs are at risk of falling further into poverty or migrating elsewhere in search of opportunities.
The challenges faced by young people in Honduras have a significant impact on mental health. The stress of job insecurity and financial instability, as well as the stigma associated with unemployment, can exacerbate feelings of worthlessness, anxiety and depression. The vicious cycle of poor mental health further hindering employability is not easy for young people to overcome. Addressing both the economic and mental health needs of youth in Honduras to promote holistic well-being and development is critical.