Mental health is an essential component of overall wellbeing. Child and adolescent mental health problems are common and associated with a wide range of functional impairment. Psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents affect at least one in ten 5 to17-year olds, with strong persistence and recurrence of these conditions into adulthood.
Childhood depression can impose a significant economic burden on children, family and society. Having untreated depression is an independent predictor of poor compliance and clinical outcomes. Therefore, it is essential to increase the awareness of the importance of effective management of both physical and mental disorders in children.
The prevention, early recognition and treatment of depression in children is essential to their overall well-being.