Children and young people’s mental health

Unicef has published a report examining child, adolescent and caregiver mental health around the world. The report finds that: more than 13% of adolescents aged 10-19 live with a diagnosed mental disorder as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), with anxiety and depression making up about 40% of these diagnosed mental disorders; suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15- to 19-year-olds; parenting is crucial to laying strong foundations for children’s mental health, but many parents need more support; and schools and learning environments can provide opportunities to support mental health, but can also expose children and young people to risks, including bullying and excessive exam pressure.

Read the news story: The state of the world’s children 2021
Read the report: On my mind: the state of the world’s children 2021 – promoting, protecting and caring for children’s mental health (PDF)

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