Why is Youth Mental Health Important? All You Need To Know About!


Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability among young people, with up to 20% of children and adolescents in North America experiencing some form of mental disorder.  [Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

Prevalence of Mental Disorders:

With 70% of mental disorders emerging before the age of 25, the adolescent years present a critical period for promoting mental health and addressing mental health problems.  [Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

Critical Time for Intervention:

If mental disorders are left untreated they severely impact emotional well-being and social development, leading to social isolation and limited contributions to society. [Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

Negative Impact:

Early intervention for mental health problems results in decreased emotional and behavioral issues, functional impairment, and involvement with law enforcement.  [Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

Decreased Emotional and Behavioral Problems:

Early intervention for mental health problems also leads to improvements in social and behavioral adjustment, learning outcomes, and overall performance. [Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

Improved Learning and Performance:

Mental health problems in youth are associated with an increased risk of drug use, violence, and high-risk sexual behaviors that lead to HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancy.  [Source: cdc.gov]

Co-occurring Risks:

Adolescence is a critical period for establishing health behaviors that persist into adulthood. Promoting good mental health in youth is essential for overall health and well-being throughout life. [Source: cdc.gov]

Establishing Healthy Habits:

Prevention strategies such as building connections with family and school help to promote mental health and prevent a range of negative experiences like drug use and violence. [Source: cdc.gov]

Prevention strategies for mental health:

Mental health promotion in youth should be based on validated, scientifically sound research.[Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

Mental health promotion:

Increased investment is needed in the identification of early-onset mental disorders and effective early intervention programs to deliver appropriate care to young people. [Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

Early-Onset Mental Disorders:

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