By ‘mental health’ we refer to our capacity to:
When we are not able to cope with the demands and adversities of life, we can develop different disorders that affect one or more of these components of our mental health.
Jonny Benjamin — mental health advocate and author — talks about pressing mental health issues for today's youth.
We all feel sad, angry, tired or anxious from time to time. It is part of normal life. However, if these negative emotions persist for a long time or interfere with our daily life we might be at increased risk of developing a mental health issue. Some common early signs of mental health problems include:
If you or someone you know is experiencing some of these issues we highly recommend to ask for professional help. Support for mental health disorders is widely available. Click here to know more
Many young people who struggle with poor mental health do not receive professional help until late, often when they are in a state of crisis. If not addressed rapidly, these problems can continue to adulthood, becoming more severe and long-lasting.
The impact of mental illness can be prevented with interventions to support young people and promote well-being strategies. No time to waste! The time to tackle youth mental health is now.
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Young people must cope with new social, academic and work pressures in today’s complex and unpredictable societies. According to the World Health Organisation, about 20% of young people experience a mental health problem each year.
The following are some common mental health issues affecting adolescents and young adults around the World:
Support for mental health disorders is widely available. Click here to know more