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2017 Children’s Mental Health Report

In this year’s report we take a look at the teenage years, highlighting unique factors that make adolescence exciting, important, and potentially dangerous — including its role as a significant risk period for mental health disorders.

The report is guided and organized according to three main concepts:

The adolescent brain develops until at least age 25.

Most mental health disorders have onset before 24.

Encouraging understanding of adolescent mental health through education and anti-stigma programs will change lives.

This report explores specific issues including:

  • smartphones and social media
  • substance use and abuse
  • anxiety and depression
  • ADHD
  • psychotic episodes and schizophrenia
  • suicide and self-harm
  • unique challenges in adolescent mental health care
  • evidence-based educational and therapeutic approaches for adolescents