India is a youthful country. More than 50% of it’s population is in the agegroup of 14-35 years. Any country’s youth decide the rise or fall of that country. The energy, capability to bring change in the society is the greatest character of youth. But in the changing times, the world is moving very fast. Cut throat competition, fight for the quality are causing enormous stress to our young people. Changing family structures and dynamics , social system and importance of commercial interests has made our youth vulnerable.
Presently, 1 in 5 young people are suffering from mental illness. But only 4% of them seek professional help due to stigma associated with mental health and lack of knowledge. But , with professional help and assistance youth can lead a productive and a cheerful life.
Here are the few of the problems which our youth are facing today.
- Bullying and Cyberbullying
- Relationship issues
- Trauma due to violence, war and natural calamities
- Depression, Anxiety
- Drug abuse
- Gender identity
- Stress , Insomnia
So, it’s very important to create awareness about mental health issues of youth in the society. Make them approach professionals in case help needed and to make tools of help available freely in the community.
So this year’s theme for World Mental Health Day is ‘ Young People and Mental Health in a changing world’.