The 8% of children live with a mental health issue
By Michelle Simon | Partnerships
8% of children and 14% of adolescents live with a mental health issue, and 80% of those requiring specialized care do not receive it. The consequences of not adequately addressing the mental health of children and adolescents are severe. Unresolved trauma and psychological difficulties can hinder their development and limit their opportunities to lead fulfilling lives and reach their full potential. This is the message from SOS Children's Villages as World Mental Health Day approaches.
"If left untreated, mental health problems can lead teenagers and young people to drop out of the education system, as well as making it difficult for them to work and build lasting relationships. We must not forget that suicide is the leading cause of death in Spain among teenagers and young people aged 15 to 29," the organization providing direct care to children states.
Therefore, SOS Children's Villages is calling for an increase in the budgets allocated to mental health to enhance preventive policies and early intervention, as well as awareness campaigns to inform and combat the social stigma surrounding these illnesses. SOS also demands specialized teams for diagnosing and treating the effects of childhood abuse.
Investment in mental health must reach families living in vulnerable situations. Unstable and difficult family environments, whether due to socioeconomic circumstances or other reasons, can negatively impact the mental health of children. "Addressing the sources of stress in families can have beneficial effects in promoting good mental health for both the children and the rest of the family.
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