According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders worldwide. Half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14. If untreated, these conditions severely influence children’s development, their educational attainments and their potential to live fulfilling and productive lives. Children with mental disorders face major challenges with stigma, isolation and discrimination.
Happiness project, a Not-for-Profit organization has been set up to address issues concerning mental health. The project is based on the firm belief that mental health, just like physical health is essential to the well-being and the wider health and development of adolescents. It includes all aspects of emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects the way we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence, right through adulthood. Data suggests that it is during the crucial years of high school, with increased academic stress and other related issues, that children are more prone to developing mental health problems.There is growing consensus that healthy development during childhood and adolescence contributes to good mental health and can prevent mental health problems. However, only a small minority of young people with mental health problems receive basic assessment and care, while most suffer needlessly, unable to access appropriate resources for recognition, support and treatment.
The mission of the happiness project is to work towards the attainment of balanced mental health amongst children, in accordance with the new Mental Health Care Act 2017, which has come into force from July 7, 2018. Our project team aims to work with children belonging to disadvantaged categories, with no access to counsellors or trained medical practitioners. Through a greater awareness of mental health issues and general social support for such children , the happiness project aims to achieve effective prevention and assistance. We believe that safeguarding adolescent mental health begins with schools and teachers. Educating these critical stakeholders about mental health can help adolescents enhance their social skills, improve their problem-solving capacity and gain self-confidence – which in turn may alleviate mental health problems and discourage risky and violent behaviours.