March 2nd is World Teen Mental Wellness Day, putting the spotlight on the problems affecting teenagers and their families struggling to offer help and understand their loved ones’ challenges. Globally, one in seven 10-19-year-olds experiences a mental disorder, accounting for 13% of the global burden of disease in this age group.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all mental health issues start by the time a child reaches the age of 14. Good mental health is an essential part of healthy adolescent development; it helps young people build positive social, emotional, thinking and communication skills and behaviors. It also lays the foundation for better mental health and wellbeing later in life.
Read WHO’s list of the conditions and symptoms of teen mental unwellness. “By raising mental health awareness, we all can better identify the symptoms, help those afflicted find professional treatment, and, perhaps most importantly, break the mental health stigma that leaves so many people suffering in secret.”