Youth Mental Health

Youth mental health issues are no small matter. Between 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental health disorders. In fact, they are the leading cause of disability in adolescents worldwide. If untreated, mental health issues in youth tend to snowball into much larger mental health disorders in adulthood. 

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Mental health disorders are the no.1 common diseases of childhood

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Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth aged 10-24

The average delay between start of symptoms and treatment is 8-19 years

20%

20% of youth aged 13-18 live with a mental

health condition

50%

50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and 75% by the age of 24

The most common youth mental health disorders are:

These disorders often rob children of their quality of life – and sometimes of their lives.

*Data was extracted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Children’s Mental Health database

The economic costs of mental illness will be more than cancer, diabetes, and respiratory ailments put together

Thomas Insel, MD

Former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health

It doesn’t stop there.

Children and adolescents with mental health issues:  

  • Are at risk for academic failure, substance abuse, and a clash with the juvenile justice system

  • Face stigma, isolation and discrimination 

  • Often lack access to appropriate health care and education – all of which has far-reaching implications for their development.
     

Diagnosed and treated in time, youth mental health issues can be addressed, and even resolved,

leading to a productive lifetime of wellbeing and success. This is why early intervention in youth is so key. 

We are committed to putting the best minds in science and industry behind innovative initiatives to develop solutions to our youth’s distress.
Please join us in this mission.