Up to one in five of the world's children is suffering mental or behavioural problems according to two UN agencies.The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund warn that this will lead to serious public health problems in the future unless more is done to address the issue.They pin the blame on rapid social and economic change and poverty.
Children growing up in war zones face the toughest problems but experts also warn that those in countries such as the UK are far from immune.The report highlights big increases in depression and suicide among children and adolescents. Children who are depressed will also be prone to other illness. Depressive disorders are the fourth leading cause of disease and disability, and are expected to rise to second place by 2020.
Every year, nearly 1.5 million adolescents die from substance abuse, pregnancy-related complications, suicide, injuries, and violenceAdolescents account for approximately 50 percent of all new HIV infections.