Today, we celebrate the World Mental Health Day under the motto of the World Health Organization “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”. Sisters Hospitallers have been dedicated to hospitality, integral care and reintegration of people with mental illness for 137 years and we have child and youth mental health centres with multidisciplinary professionals.
According to the World Health Organization, half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. In terms of the burden of the disease among adolescents, depression is the third leading cause. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds.
Fortunately, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world. Evidence is growing that promoting and protecting adolescent health brings benefits not just to adolescents’ health, both in the short- and the long-term, but also to economies and society, with healthy young adults able to make greater contributions to the workforce, their families and communities and society as a whole.