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Mental health: It's kids and teens too

  • Adhitya S Ramadianto

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Depok   /   Sat, August 10, 2019   /  04:11 pm
Mental health: It's kids and teens too Being a young person nowadays is not an easy task. Many children still live in vulnerable conditions, in which even their most basic needs cannot be reliably fulfilled. (Shutterstock/Olena Yakobchuk)

Following widespread social campaigns, awareness about mental health in Indonesia has improved. While the stigma is not yet eradicated, we are getting more comfortable talking about mental health issues in private and in public. More people are ready to admit they need help from their peer groups or professionals. Hopefully, these improvements will pave the way for those living with mental disorders to achieve recovery. Nevertheless, children and adolescents are missing from the conversation. Mental health issues are mostly perceived as an exclusively adult issue here. Childhood is often painted as a blissful, stress-free period; adolescence, even with all its turmoil, is seen as a time to be carefree and to have fun. Adults, therefore, tend to think that children and teenagers don’t need any business getting psychological or psychiatric help. As Indonesia marked National Childr...

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