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8% of children in the MENA suffer from depression and anxiety

8% of children in the MENA suffer from depression and anxiety

About 8% children, below 19 years of age, suffer from depression and anxiety – two of the most common mental illnesses reported in the MENA region, a WISH report has revealed.

Meanwhile, 2.5% children suffer from behavioural disorder and hyperactivity disorder, while 1.5% suffer from autism and Asperger’s, according to the report titled ‘Healthy Young Minds Transforming The Mental Health Of Children’.

The report, as published by The Peninsula, states a variety of social and economic factors that affect children’s mental wellbeing such as their physical health, quality of nutrition, wealth and poverty, discrimination, war and conflict.

It further states: “Early intervention is crucial. Mental health problems need to be tackled when they first appear. They need to be recognized by parents, doctors and teachers, and our whole society needs to become much more open and matter-of-fact about what is a common part of life.

Our schools need to adopt children’s wellbeing as one of their major objectives – both in their ethos and their teaching. Life skills can and should be taught as professionally as mathematics or literature.”


  1. Michael Trent

    There is nothing worse, then going through hell of depression. You wake up each day, not knowing if you will make it
    ’till night, or you will simply give in, and end it all yourself. The drugs sometimes help, and sometimes make it worse.
    Felt like I had no control whatsoever over my own life. But with some help from my family, the people who truly love me, I
    managed to get myself out of that hell-hole. It took me a while, but I managed to teach myself how to push trough the day, and keep on fighting.
    In the end, it all comes down to helping yourself get up and fight, because without that no one can truly help you, no matter how much they would want to.
    To conclude, help yourself, so you could go out into the world, and start truly living, and that will be a cure on it’s own.

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