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Research indicates that nearly half of lifetime cases of mental health disorders start by age of 14 years and three quarters by age of 24 years (1)

Most mental health problems diagnosed in adulthood begin in adolescence.

Research also suggests that there is a high probability of other comorbid conditions occurring together e.g. an experience of depression may lead to experience of anxiety and substance use.

Good mental health is associated with overall wellbeing, especially in the area of learning, creativity and productivity. It facilitates good social relations. Good mental health also leads to better self-care and therefore good physical health.

Young people are less likely than any other age group to seek professional help.

Earlier diagnosis and intervention increases likelihood of better management of any mental health condition.

Map Of Mind provides information in a story form that is better understood by teachers, parents and young people for earlier recognition of symptoms and earlier treatment.