Mental health problems on the rise among Indian adolescents : Study
Kerala

Mental health problems on the rise among Indian adolescents : Study

Kochi, Oct 9: One out of every five students in Kerala in the age group of 12-19 suffers from psychological distress, with its severity ranging from mild in 10.5 per cent of students to moderate (5.4 per cent ) and severe (5 per cent ), a study revealed.

Studies across the state have also revealed the prevalence of physical abuse (75%), emotional abuse (85%) and sexual abuse (21%) among school-going adolescents, which are prime factors in triggering mental illnesses, informed Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences Head of Department Dr Dinesan N here on Tuesday.

Disclosing this at a workshop on mental health problems among young people here, organized by the AIMS here, he said according to WHO, 10-20 per cent of all adolescents worldwide (youngsters between 10 to 19 years) experience mental disorders.(UNI)