UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education Health Education, Prevention, Health Promotion, Children and Young People

UNICEF Report – The State of the World’s Children 2021

In my mind – Promoting, protecting and caring for children’s mental health.

UNICEF recently published a report on the mental health of children around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about the mental health of a generation of children. But the pandemic may represent the tip of a mental health iceberg – an iceberg we have ignored for far too long. 

The State of the World’s Children 2021 examines the mental health of children, adolescents and their caregivers. It highlights the risks and protective factors at key moments in the life course and analyses the social determinants that influence mental health and well-being.

In addition, the report calls for commitment, communication and action as part of a comprehensive approach to promote good mental health for every child, protect vulnerable children and care for children facing the greatest challenges.

Click here for an interactive view of data from the report

The report is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

For parents

Click here for tips and resources on how to talk to your child about mental health.

For young people
Click here for tips on reaching out, providing support and breaking the stigma around mental health.