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UN Chief highlights mental health for youth

Tehran, Head of the United Nations on Wednesday warned against mental health problems of the youth this year.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2018 said that one in five young people will experience mental health problem this year, the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) reported.

Highlighting the importance of mental well-being as an aspect of health of human beings, he said half of all mental health conditions start by the age of 14, most of which are 'undetected and untreated'.

'Millions of people are caught up in conflict and disasters, putting them at risk of a range of long-term mental health problems. Violence against women -- physical, sexual and psychological -- results in lasting scars, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).'

Reminding the 2030 Agenda he noted that those people 'struggling with mental health problems are still being marginalized.'

Calling for a change in attitude toward mental health, he emphasized, 'The United Nations is committed to creating a world where by 2030 everyone, everywhere has someone to turn to in support of their mental health, in a world free of stigma and discrimination.'

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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