- October, 10 2018
- Dr. Sam Ozersky, MD
The focus of this year’s World Mental Health Day is the mental health of adolescents. Adolescence and early adulthood are a time for major life changes for many people. These changes, coupled with the use of internet and technology, can lead to stress and mental health problems, particularly for those affected by conflicts and natural disasters. 50% of all mental health issues start before the age of 14 though many go undetected. Depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and suicide among teenagers have become a major cause for concern.
Fortunately, the importance of adolescents’ emotional resilience and mental health and its positive impact on the society and economy is recognized. But there is still a big gap in providing support for those who struggle with distress and mental health issues. Successful prevention depends on coping skills and awareness of both patients and their family members, government investment and training the school staff and health workers using evidence-based programs.
Mensante is a reliable partner for schools and organizations and it can provide a valuable service for early detection of mental health problems.
Full Article Link: https://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018/en/