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The future of youth mental health from a global perspective

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According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 4 people will face a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime. Among teens and young adults, rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide have increased dramatically since 1999. Government agencies, public health services, communities, and families are struggling to find ways to respond.

At the 2020 World Economic Forum (WEF), mental health experts from across the globe gathered for a conversation around the future of youth mental health. Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Greg Adams, along with Don Mordecai, MD, national leader for mental health and wellness, spoke about the role of health care providers in early intervention, treatment, education, and advocacy.

The audience also heard from young adults about the power of openly discussing mental health issues in an effort to lessen the stigma that many individuals feel.

In the video linked below, young advocates from countries including New Zealand, India, Canada, and the US speak about their own lived experiences as well as solutions to drive change in mental health and wellness. (Kaiser Permanente partnered with TIME to host the conversation at WEF and produce the video below.)

View the video on this page: The Power of Lived Experience

Read an article featuring Don Mordecai, MD: The Global Mental Health Crisis Requires a Worldwide Investment, Advocates Say on TIME Davos Panel

Integrating mental health into primary care and innovating in mental health services are a focus of Kaiser Permanente’s strategy. International health care leaders are invited to learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s integrated model of care at a KP International educational program.

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