CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
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in the mental health space
Why are mental disorders and substance use disorders treated so much differently than other health conditions? This is just one of the many questions that the World Bank Group, World Health Organization and other international partners will pose at their upcoming event — Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority — on April 13th -14th , as part of the 2016 WBG/IMF Spring Meetings.
Smartphone-based CBT aims to help individuals with depression and bipolar disorder, since these are two of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Together, they account for nearly 50% of all morbidity and mortality due to mental and substance use disorders.
While social networks offer an opportunity to connect and interact with friends and family, there are also many downsides to using social media. For example, cyberbullying, “Facebook depression”, sleep deprivation, sexting, anxiety, and exposure to inappropriate content.
In 2015, the increasing demand for mental health care services by university students raised a huge concern amongst teachers, parents and society in general. In fact, the Centre for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) released a report that included the participation of 139 college and university counselling centres, and more than 100,000 students seeking mental health care during the academic year 2014/2015.
It is estimated that 10 to 15% of new adult mothers develop Postpartum Depression (PPD) within the first year after giving birth, and the percentage increases up to 26% in adolescent mothers; however, it often remains undiagnosed.