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youth aged 10 to 24 on the planet today representing the largest youth generation in human history.
Around the world, nearly half the youth are unemployed.
Around the world, 200 million youth are illiterate.
More than 40 precent
of new HIV/AIDS infections occur among youth.
is ranked highest for youth well-being.
is ranked lowest for youth well-being.
20% of the world’s children and adolescents
have mental disorders or problems.
About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14. Similar types of disorders are being reported across cultures. Neuropsychiatric disorders are among the leading causes of worldwide disability in young people.
Yet, regions of the world with the highest percentage of population under the age of 19 have the poorest level of mental health resources. Most low- and middle-income countries have only one child psychiatrist for every 1 to 4 million people.