Youth mental health on the decline in Latvia, says expert

Data from the Teenage Resources Center (PRC) show that teens' mental health continues to deteriorate. Since the beginning of 2021, the number of teens turning to the PRC for help has nearly doubled, PRC representative Romija Krēziņa told Latvian Television on June 1.

The PRC provides assistance to teens and their relatives but also stresses the important role of schools and families in supporting teens.

An increasing number of young people cannot or have great difficulty in carrying out the day-to-day activities that would normally be expected of them. For example, a teenager often misses or doesn't attend school and is almost completely isolated from friends. At the moment, every third client of the PRC already receives a psychiatrist's service.

In the first four months of this year, there were twice more teens hospitalized due to mental health issues than in 2021 throughout the whole year.

Statistics from the Center show that demand for assistance, also as summer approaches, has not dwindled and 519 teens are waiting in line for help, according to Krēziņa. At the beginning of summer holidays, it would be important for industry professionals and national and local authorities to plan support measures that could improve the mental health of teens, said the expert.

 

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