Children and young people's mental health

Childhood and adolescence are critical periods of intense physical and psychological development influenced not only by individual factors but also by the environment and culture. Particularly, a child's family plays a significant role in their growth and development. 

Additionally, schools and other activities are crucial developmental environments that can support and promote good mental health.

The development during childhood and adolescence is often individualized, yet different age stages have specific typical characteristics. When identifying mental health symptoms and disorders in children and adolescents, significant changes related to different age stages should be considered, including variations in prevalence rates and typical onset ages of disorders.