October 10th is World Mental Health Day. The World Health Organization states that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most go unnoticed or untreated. Among adolescents, depression is the third leading disease burden and suicide is the second leading cause of death. With our adolescents and young adults facing such challenges much can be done to help build mental resilience from a young age to help prevent mental distress and illness.
As a lab we support research in the mental health field with a focus on child and adolescent mental health risk factors and how these effect development and changes they may have on young peoples brains.
The WHO has made young people and mental health in a changing world the focus of this years World Mental Health Day, to find out more check out their page. http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018/en/