Speakers at a roundtable discussion have said that mental health is not just about not having a mental disorder. It is important to pay attention to the mental well-being of everyone, especially adolescents.
They also said, during adolescence, people go through a lot of changes—physically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially. These changes can make adolescents vulnerable to mental health issues due to things like their living conditions, stigma, prejudice, exclusion, or a lack of support and services. This can lead to different disorders like emotional, behavioral, eating disorders, and self-harm.
Dnet, a social organisation on information and communication technology (ICT); in collaboration with UNICEF, organised the roundtable discussion on adolescent mental health in the Dnet conference room in Dhaka on Monday (November 13, 2023).
Experts from government, non-government organizations, development partners, and academia spoke at the roundtable discussion on how to address the critical issue of adolescent mental health.
M. Shahadat Hossain, co-founder and executive director of Dnet; delivered the welcome speech. In his speech, he said, “Dnet has always been passionate about adolescent mental health. Dnet will continue to conduct such activities in the future as well.”
Dr. Helal Uddin Ahmed, Associate Professor at the Child Adolescent & Family Psychiatry Department of National Institute of Mental Health; presented the keynote speech on Adolescent Mental Health, offering valuable insights and expertise. He said, “At least 1 in 7 adolescents worldwide has a mental health problem”.
Dr. Md. Shamsul Hoque, Program Manager, MNC&AH, DGHS; said that DGHS has initiated three approaches for providing adolescent mental health services which are: school-based activity, facility level and community level.