Mind Matters: The Impact of Poverty on Mental Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates about 450 million people worldwide suffer from a mental health disorder, and about three-fourths of that population live in developing countries with little or no access to treatment1. The United Nations has chosen the theme “Youth and Mental Health” for this year’s International Youth Day, which will be recognized on August 12. By focusing this year’s theme on mental health, the United Nations is drawing awareness to the importance of reducing the stigma surrounding youth with mental health conditions and making sure young people are able to access the services and support they need.
Children International provides services to impoverished children and youth to help them become healthy, educated and self-reliant adults. Read Children International’s latest article on the sometimes “invisible obstacle” – Mind Matters: The Impact of Poverty on Mental Health.
About Children International
Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.
For more information about Children International, visit www.children.org.