The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday that the Govt-19 epidemic has exacerbated mental health problems among adolescents around the world, requiring additional investment to tackle the situation.
“The effects of the epidemic are significant, it’s only the tip of the iceberg,” UNICEF Director-General Henrietta Fior said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the United Nations Children’s Fund released a report on the mental health of children around the world in the run-up to the International Conference on Mental Health in Paris.
International Conference on the Mental Health of Adolescents and Children
UNICEF’s global estimates show that more than 1 in 7 adolescents aged 10-19 worlds have a mental illness, which is responsible for about 46,000 adolescents’ deaths each year worldwide, one in five of the leading causes of death.
The report said, “About 2 percent of the world’s government health budgets are earmarked for mental health.”
UNICEF reported that the situation was exacerbated by the epidemic and the restrictions that came with it, saying “at least 1 in 7 children in the world are directly affected in public, while more than 1.6 billion children suffer partial education loss.”
“Daily routine, disruption of education and recreation, concern for family income and health have led many young people to feel fear, anger and curiosity about their future,” the organization added.
UNICEF has called for an “urgent investment in the mental health of children and adolescents”.
Henrietta Fuer “Mental health is a component of physical health … and in rich and poor countries in this area, we have long seen understanding and investment.”
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