According to the World Health Organization nearly one billion people world-wide suffer from some form of mental disorder, the most common being depression, which affects an estimated five percent of adults. Among children between the ages of ten and 19, the problem is that most disorders are not detected and treated.
Many mental health experts world-wide have noted that the coronavirus measures are having a negative effect on mental health. On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, October 10th, Health Minister Vili Beroš issued this post on social media: "Mental health is an issue that concerns all of us! World Mental Health Day places a special emphasis on the issue of mental health during a pandemic. The Croatian Institute of Public Health, teaching institutes, the Croatian Psychological Chamber and the Croatian Red Cross unite experts who facilitate the path to adequate help. Do not ignore the first signs and call the appropriate phone numbers to get psychological help."
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, the Office of the President issued this statement: "Given the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, and in our country the consequences of the earthquake, it is necessary to strengthen psychosocial support to the population, especially children and youth, the sick and infirm and show understanding for the increase in complexity of many professions."
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