Around the world, one in seven adolescents aged 10-19 years old experience a mental disorder, including depression, anxiety and behavioural disorders that limit their ability to live a full life as an adult. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the challenges faced by young people accessing services and care to address their mental health. However, even long before the pandemic young people have continuously faced barriers and found themselves to be unsupported and suffering in silence from mental health illness.
Now, young people across the Caribbean region are speaking up and demanding action from leaders in the region to step up and prioritize the health of young people, because there is “No Health without Mental Health.”
The ‘Caribbean Youth Mental Health Call to Action’ highlights four key priorities for protecting young people’s mental health and well-being. They include
- Regulations and policies