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Mental Health of Children and Young People: How…

Mental Health of Children and Young People: How Can We Do Better?

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While the UN has positively tackled the mental health agenda during the last years, more needs to be done, especially in the lead-up to the fourth UN High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases.
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  • Raise awareness through sharing of scientific and sociological evidence on the impact of various risk factors on mental health in early development and adolescence.
  • Demonstrate best practices on implementing evidence-based policies and strengthening services and resources that can improve mental health outcomes for children and young people in different national contexts.
  • Discuss how everyone can engage in addressing mental health of children and young people – from individual to national and global levels, in the efforts of prevention, early detection, and care, while raising awareness and reducing stigma.

Mental health determines emotional, intellectual, physical and social well-being. It shapes how we think, feel and act and confers our ability to handle stress, build and manage relationships, and make choices that affect not only our own life courses, but also those of the people around us. Mental health is important at every stage of life, especially for children and young people. The consequences of failing to address child and young people mental health conditions extend to adulthood. 50% of mental health conditions develop before the age of 14 and have the potential of impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives.

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