All children have a right to mental health and wellbeing

Worldwide, 14% of children and adolescents experience mental health disorders. 1 in 5 individuals living in conflict have mental health disorders. And yet, only 1% of the world’s health budget is dedicated to children’s mental health. It’s not enough. They need more.

For years, Save the Children has responded to the unique needs of children impacted by conflict and displacement. In the wake of the pandemic, we've worked around the clock to help to address the immediate and long-term threats of COVID-19, including the devastating toll on children’s mental health globally.

The war in Ukraine is having a devastating impact on children's mental health

Learn more about our mental health programs for the children of Ukraine

In Their Own Words: Children's Mental Health in Crisis 

Children are under increasing emotional and psychological pressure as they bear the brunt of the world's worsening crisis. 

Save the Children's Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Work

Children in distress need to feel heard and to know that people care.  

In Afghanistan, a boy sits alone in a room.

Through mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and education programs, Save the Children has been able to help children better cope with their experiences. Our approach to MHPSS programming is often delivered through our Child-Friendly Spaces, safe spaces were children can redevelop emotional relationships. Some of the activities carried out include: 

  • The HEART (Healing and Education through the Arts) program was designed by Save the Children as a form of psychosocial support in which children benefit from learning to adapt and overcome the distressing situations they have experienced through arts-based group activities. 

  • Our Child Resilience work is a comprehensive programme that addresses children’s wellbeing in a holistic way, recognising that children’s wellbeing is influenced by their interaction with their parents or caregivers, their peers and others in their community. 

  • Psychological support delivered by psychologists which helps children and teenagers understand what is happening to them and cope with their feelings. 

What You Can Do To Help

 Mental health is still a stigma in many places, meaning children often do not get the support they desperately need. Raising awareness about its importance and ensuring we are there to offer ways to cope is essential. 

Your donation to the Children’s Emergency Fund, an essential resource as we prepare for and respond to the significant increase in the number of children who need emotional support, helps us respond quickly to humanitarian crises across the globe that are threatening children’s lives and mental health.


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