The Covid-19 pandemic has fueled what was an already existing issue – mental health. The problem has been ignored consistently throughout governments around the world for far too long, but it has now reached deeply concerning levels. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15- to 19-year olds. Every year, almost 46,000 children between the ages of 10 and 19 end their own lives. This is equivalent to about 1 every 11 minutes. The issue must no longer be pushed away. The State of the World’s Children Report is a UNICEF initiative calling for commitment, communication, and action as part of a comprehensive approach to promote good mental health for every child, protect vulnerable children, and care for children facing the greatest challenges. By means of examining child, adolescent, and caregivers’ mental health, it focuses on risks and protective factors at critical moments in their life course and delves into the social determinants that shape mental health and well-being. Upon its publishing in October 2021, it has been translated into a limited number of languages, namely French, Spanish, and Arabic. This poses restrictions upon readers that might not be familiar with these languages.
Broken Chalk is an Amsterdam-based NGO working towards removing the barriers to education in the world, bringing together individuals, groups, communities, and organizations working on this issue, and collaborating with educators around the world to create community-based solutions and to act as a catalyst in creating a sustainable change. Broken Chalk has summarized every chapter of UNICEF’s ‘The State of the World’s Children 2021’
*Report and is in the process of translating it into as many languages as possible for the team.
Written by Olga Ruiz Plato
*The link for the original report as pdf: https://www.unicef.org/reports/state-worlds-children-2021