3. “We Must Make it OK to Talk About Mental Health”
“The evidence actually shows that teens today smoke less, drink less, get into less trouble and generally take fewer risks than previous generations...Yet there is one area of risk for adolescents showing an extremely worrisome trend in the wrong direction – one that reminds us of the invisible vulnerability that young people still carry inside of them.”
Mental health disorders among under 18s have been rising steadily over the past 30 years, with 90% of youth suicides occurring in middle to low income countries.
UNICEF uses campaigns in schools to promote open discussion about mental health. For example, in Kazakhstan, which has one of the highest suicide rates among adolescents worldwide, UNICEF stepped up efforts to improve the psychological well-being of adolescents through a large-scale pilot programme in over 450 schools.
"One that reminds us of the invisible vulnerability
that young people still carry inside of them."