Mental Health Status of Adolescents in South-East Asia: Evidence for Action

Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or other conditions may lead to behavioural problems such as tobacco, alcohol and drug use. The multi-directional linkages between mental health conditions and other health, educational, social and development problems call for evidence for action in this area. This publication, is a step towards building an evidence base to facilitate informed policy and programmatic actions by the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia.

Health in the Sustainable Development Goals: where we are now in the South-East Asia Region? What next?

Health is centrally placed in the 2030 Agenda. The health goal (SDG3) is comprehensive: ‘to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’. SDG3 builds on the significant success of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It recognizes an ‘unfinished MDG agenda’; it responds to new health priorities and increasing concerns about health security, and the health impact of migration and climate change. The SDG agenda recognizes that human health and well-being depend on the political, economic and social systems, and the natural environment, within which people live. It includes ‘means of implementation’ targets i.e. related to the health systems that deliver needed services.

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