Limited appropriate and attractive solutions to improve mental health
Mental health problems are common across the globe with mental disorders experienced by an estimated 1 in 10 people. The majority of mental disorders begin before the age of 25. An estimated 1 in 5 children and adolescents will experience a mental disorder.
Mental health problems and mental disorders can negatively impact an individual’s life, including their relationships with others, educational achievement, financial wealth, and physical health. They have also been linked to discriminatory practices and systems which restrict an individual’s ability to live a full life. Solutions (i.e. interventions) to promote good mental health and wellbeing, and prevent and treat mental disorders have been developed for delivery within health and community settings. However, their integration into existing systems to enable scalable and sustainable support is limited. Fewer effective solutions for improving mental health of children and adolescents are known compared to those for adults with limited implementation and testing of these solutions in low- and middle-income countries.
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