Youth aged 15 to 24 years in India suffer from depression, know what else this survey report of UNICEF says
Releasing the report, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya called for special training for teachers to identify mental problems of adolescents and youth. Along with this, he also expressed concern over the decreasing communication of children with the elder members of the family.
Due to the corona epidemic, every seventh adolescent and youth between the age of 15 to 24 years in India is suffering from depression. These teenagers and youth told that they do not feel like doing any work. This fact has been revealed in the UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) report based on a survey conducted in 21 countries on the mental status of children in 2021. Releasing the report, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya called for special training for teachers to identify mental problems of adolescents and youth. Along with this, he also expressed concern over the decreasing communication of children with the elder members of the family.
Mansukh Mandaviya said that early detection and treatment of mental problems of adolescents and youth can be ensured by promoting an open dialogue with senior family members. He said that the parents and other senior members need to sit and have an open dialogue with them so that they can put their problems in front of them without any hesitation. Along with this, there is a need to specially train teachers in schools so that they can identify their mental problems and provide them with psychologists' advice. He said that it should be included in the curriculum of teachers. It is a worrying situation that 14 percent of India's adolescents and youth are suffering from some mental problem. The Union Minister told how Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the initiative to free them from the stress caused by the examination by discussing with the students.
UNICEF representative Yasmin Ali Haque said that no child should have to face the kind of uncertainties faced by children in India during the second wave of Corona. He said that during the Corona period, children were forced to stay away from the family for a long time in schools, sports, and in many cases. The biggest problem is that very few children in India consider it right to seek help from someone for their mental problems. According to the survey, only 41 percent of adolescents and youth in the age group of 15 to 24 years in India consider it appropriate to seek help for mental problems, while on average 83 percent across the world consider it appropriate to seek help. UNICEF has prepared this report based on a survey among 20 thousand children in 21 countries.