Mental Health Awareness Week is observed in October every year. It was founded in 1990 by the U.S. Congress to promote awareness and educate about mental illness. Mental health advocates are educating the public about mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depressive disorder.
Part of Mental Health Awareness Week is understanding just how prevalent mental health issues are. About 40 million American adults have anxiety disorders. In the UK, of 20,000 people surveyed, three in four people admitted they have poor mental health symptoms at some point in their lives. In Australia, there are around 690,000 people living with a mental disorder. In India, about 12 percent of children between the ages of 4 to 16 suffer from psychiatric disorders.
Mental health problems among children and young generations can be caused by a variety of situations. These include peer pressure, family problems, breakdowns, easy availability to drugs and alcohol, junk food diets, exam pressure, and body image issues.
It is recommended that children and parents have an open and communicative relationship. Conversations should involve issues, world matters, beliefs, and imparting the right knowledge providing the reason.
According to the Child Mind Institute, of the 74.5 million children in the United States, an estimated 17.1 million have or have had a psychiatric disorder — more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
Half of all psychiatric illness occurs before the age of 14, and 75 percent by the age of 24.
90 percent of young people who commit suicide have a psychiatric illness.
22.2 percent of American youth will have a diagnosable mental illness with “serious impairment” at some point before they are 18.