Why mental disorders are rising among the young

Risk rises when both parents and children are lost to distractions of the online world

This year's theme for World Mental Health Day, which falls on Oct 10, is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. There are good reasons for focusing on this - if anything, the emerging statistics are bleak.

It is also critical to pay closer attention to mental health problems among the young because of the potential for long-term deleterious effects. It can also be deadly; among the various dire consequences is suicide, which is the second-leading cause of death worldwide among those aged 15 to 29.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2018, with the headline 'Why mental disorders are rising among the young'. Print Edition | Subscribe