Youth mental health

Approximately 75 per cent of lifetime mental disorders begin before the age of 24 years. Prevalence of mental disorder in adolescents and young adults has increased in recent decades and is likely to continue to do so.

Mental health problems affect ten to 20 per cent of children and adolescents worldwide. Children and adolescents make up almost a quarter of the world’s population with 85-90 per cent living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Poor mental health is strongly related to other health and development concerns, notably lower educational achievements, substance abuse, violence, and poor reproductive and sexual health

Globally, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in children and young people (CYP).  However, the mental health needs of CYP can be neglected. Key challenges include lack of infrastructure, shortage of mental-health professionals, low capacity of non-specialist health workers to provide quality mental-health services, fragmentation of child and adult services, and the stigma associated with mental disorder.

We aim to address this pressing global challenge though research and innovation, working collaboratively with health organisations and policy makers.

Projects available under this theme

Applications for 2019 entry are now closed. Projects for 2020 entry will be announced in December 2019.