As the global refugee crisis becomes more apparent, the global mental health crisis has been highlighted as well. In refugee camps, children are afraid to play, legions of suicides happen daily, and the trauma is palpable; mental health is suffering right alongside physical health. Especially in developing countries, many people have little to no access to mental health care–something imperative for physical health. Not only do many have limited access, but misunderstandings and stigmas are attached to seeking help for mental health issues. In an article by The Guardian, the issues surrounding adult and teen mental health problems across the globe are discussed.
Adult & teen mental health a global issue
According to the article, substance-use, neurological, and mental disorders are some of the driving causes of global disease. Not only that, but by 2020–just 4 years–it’s expected that depression will be the second leading cause of disability. Teen mental health issues rise extreme concern, also. Alarmingly, the leading cause of death for adolescents is suicide. Across the globe, those struggling with adult and teen mental health issues face shorter lifespans, discrimination, misunderstanding, and abuse. Why?
Most governments spend around 1% of just their health budget on adult and teen mental health–that’s incredibly low considering mental health and physical health are tied together. One cannot prosper without the other. This isn’t just an issue for refugees, war-torn areas, and third-world countries–it’s an issue right at home. Many people don’t understand that adult and teen mental health issues aren’t rare. This is partly the reason many don’t receive treatment early on, leading to worse issues.
How do we change this?
One step at a time. It starts at home with parents. You may not be able to control the government or what schools decide to educate your children on–but you can influence how your child thinks at home. As a parent, you can help your child understand the importance of teen mental health and that mental health issues don’t define who you are. As more and more young people feel comfortable about seeking help, more care and treatment will be asked for and hopefully provided.
Seven Stars can help
If you have a 13 to 18-year-old son or daughter struggling with emotional and behavioral issues as a result of their neurodevelopmental disorder, Seven Stars might be able to help.
Contact us today for more about how Seven Stars improves teen mental health at 844-601-1167!