Adolescence is an age of opportunity, a pivotal time during which parents and guardians should build on the development of young people and help them navigate risks, and set them on the path of fulfilling their potential. Mental health problems account for a large proportion of the disease burden among young people worldwide, and must be given due attention, given their impact on students' academic achievement and future career. These problems, if left untreated, can result in negative outcomes that carry high social and financial costs, and often develop into more disabling situations later in life. The stigma attached to adolescents with mental disorders amplify these adverse consequences, thus making mental health problems in young people a major public health challenge worldwide.
About the Author
Maria Fatima Gomes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at M.E.S College of Arts and Commerce, Zuarinagar, Goa and a Certified Therapist and Trainer in Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She earlier worked as an Intervention Facilitator and supervisor for health counselors in Sangath, a community based NGO in Goa. Contributors: Eulalia Fernandes • Harsha Kirve • Gouri Bargi • Neha Kshirsagar • Sakshee Joshi • Pushkarna Megha • V. Veeraraghavan • Vijay Viegas • Joslyn Henriques • Mukta Dhavalikar • Sanjay Kadam • Panchal Laxmi • Medha Shidore • Megha Deuskar • Vishal Ghule • Sheetal Ruikar
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