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WHO Key Facts

  • Globally, one in seven 10-19-year-olds experiences a mental disorder, accounting for 13% of the global burden of disease in this age group.

  • Depression, anxiety and behavioural disorders are among the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.

  • Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds.

  • The consequences of failing to address adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.

Our Story

Bluebird Awards recognizes the growing mental health challenges facing young people today.  Indeed, much of every day's disturbing news about children can be traced to mental health issues.
  • One in six American youth experiences a mental health condition each year but only half receive treatment.
  • In 2020, 1 in 5 young people reported the pandemic had a significant negative impact on their mental health.
  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins at age 14, and 75% by age 24.
  • Suicide is a major public health concern.
  • Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States. People 10-24 years old account for 14% of all suicides—surpassing 6,500 deaths each year, which makes suicide the third leading cause of death for this age group.
  • Gun deaths, overdoses, and car accidents caused childhood deaths to rise during the pandemic.
  • Depression and anxiety are among the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents, and suicide is among the leading causes of death in people aged 15–19 years. Half of all mental health disorders in adulthood start by age 14, but most cases are undetected and untreated.
  • 7 in 10 Americans (72%) agree that people with mental health conditions face discrimination in their every day life.
  • Only 53% of Americans say they are familiar with the U.S. mental health care system.
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