UNICEF has revealed that at least one youth in seven worldwide in the 10-19 age group struggle with their mental health.
These statistics translate into roughly 89 million boys and 77 million girls. This comes after a report looked into the state of kids and youths across the globe.
The most common mental challenges among youths include ADHD, anxiety, autism, depression, and food-related disorders. UNICEF also explained that most affected youths live in the Middle East, North Africa, North America, and Western Europe.
Due to the pandemic, 20% of youths in the 15-24 age group have declared that they are battling against depression.
The report estimates that about 46,000 youths take their own lives every year because of their struggles with mental health, which is more than one youth every 11 minutes.
UNICEF Director-General Henrietta Fore emphasized that Governments should work on addressing this reality, which she described as shocking.