World Mental Health Day is observed every Oct. 10. This year’s theme is “Young people and mental health in a changing world”. The United Nations defines the young as those between the ages of 15 and 24. This would refer to a typical spectrum of senior high school students, undergraduate students and those who are less fortunate, such as unschooled children in Indonesia.
Indonesia is facing a tremendous challenge in securing its demographic bonus within the next 12 years, as 70 percent of the total population will be in the productive age group (between the ages of 15 and 24).
Yet, our youth today, who will become adults and are expected to be productive, already face multiple mental health issues, including bullying, trauma, depression and even suicide.
According to research from the International Center for Research on...
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