A Global Framework for Youth Mental Health: Investing in Future Mental Capital for Individuals, Communities and Economies

It is a sad fact that mental illness is the leading cause of disability and poor life outcomes for young people today. The impacts are manifold, affecting the individual, the economy and society more broadly. Of all non-communicable diseases, youth mental health problems present the most serious burden to GDP, reflecting the lack of the return on investment in the individual and the duration of the problem. Prevention and early intervention include raising awareness of mental health issues and mental health literacy, reducing the stigma associated with seeking help, appropriate signposting of support and services, and the greater use of digital platforms.