The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health

PatelCheck out the recently released report from the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development, led by Dr. Vikram Patel. The commission explains that inaction on the mental health crisis will cost the world $16 Trillion by 2030. Much of the harm caused by inaction is preventable to people, communities and economies.  A shift to community-based care is recommended. As Dr. Patel emphasized at Coming Together for Action, everyone has “the right to be protected, the right to receive care, and the right to dignity and freedom”.

Special Issue: Bullying in Special Populations
Volume 88, Issue 4  

 Branch-Smith, C., Shaw, T., Lin, A., Runions, K., Payne, D., Nguyen, R., . . . Cross, D. (2018). Bullying and mental health amongst Australian children and young people with cystic fibrosis. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000289

Gloppen, K., McMorris, B., Gower, A., & Eisenberg, M. (2018). Associations between bullying involvement, protective factors, and mental health among American Indian youth. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000284

Hatchel, T., Espelage, D. L., & Huang, Y. (2018). Sexual harassment victimization, school belonging, and depressive symptoms among LGBTQ adolescents: Temporal insights. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000279

Hong, J. S., Voisin, D. R., Cho, S., Smith, D. C., & Resko, S. M. (2018). Peer victimization and substance use among African American adolescents and emerging adults on Chicago’s Southside. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000247

World Mental Health Day 

World Mental Health Day, observed every October 10, focuses attention on mental health issues around the world and mobilizes efforts in support of mental health. This year’s theme is “young people and mental health in a changing world.” Adolescents often experiences stress and apprehension, especially those adolescents living in areas affected by humanitarian crises.

What can you do?

  • Be aware of the warning signs and symptoms of mental illness. 
  • Help the teenagers in your community build coping skills to manage the everyday stresses of adolescence. 
  • Offer support to those struggling with mental illness. 
  • Advocate for investment in mental health care and research. 
  • Raise your voice against mental health stigma. 

Promotion of mental health and prevention are key to helping adolescents thrive.  Join with us to promote mental health for all and to advocate for improved access to behavioral health care. Learn more about our work on global mental health.  Interested in our Task Force on Global Mental Health? Join now!