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Parents and teachers need to build life skills of children to meet everyday challenges at home and school: WHO on World Mental Health Day
The World Health Organization (WHO), special education institutions, hospitals and other social organisations observed the World Mental Health Day, October 10, with the theme "Young people and mental health in a changing world". With the internet challenges like Blue Whale and Momo Challeges, the obsersevance has assumes much more significance.

WHO on its website states, "Parents and teachers can help build life skills of children and adolescents to help them cope with everyday challenges at home and at school. Psychosocial support can be provided in schools and other community settings and of course training for health workers to enable them to detect and manage mental health disorders can be put in place, improved or expanded."

"The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows. Many adolescents are also living in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies such as conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness," wrote WHO on its website.

According to the WHO, adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job, can be times of stress and apprehension. And, if not recognized and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness.

Keeping in view the fact that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, WHO urges, "Much can be done to help build mental resilience from an early age to help prevent mental distress and illness among adolescents and young adults, and to manage and recover from mental illness. Prevention begins with being aware of and understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness."

WHO has called upon the world community to invest in the social, health and education sectors in comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based programmes for the mental health of young people is essential.

Regarding mental illness in materially prosperous world, Rita Mae Brown says, "The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you."

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