By:Nadeemy Haded

A study by the WHO regional branch in Europe, covering 45 countries, showed that the mental health of adolescents on the continent has been deteriorating since 2014.

"One in every 4 adolescents in Europe reports feelings of anxiety, excitement, or difficulty sleeping every week," the study said, noting that there are gender differences according to age and socio-economic conditions.

The study showed that the male condition was better than the female, as 41% of them reported that they feel good mental health compared to 33% of the girls.

Adolescents in low-income families were more reporting multiple health problems in more than a third of countries, AFP reported.

"How we respond to this growing problem will resonate for generations," said Hans Klug, Regional Director of the World Health Organization in Europe.

He added: "Investing in young people, for example, by ensuring that they have access to mental health services appropriate to their needs, will pay off in 3 levels: achieving healthy, social and economic gains for adolescents today, tomorrow's adults and future generations."

This study, called "Study of Healthy Behavior among School-Age Boys", is conducted every 4 years under the auspices of the World Health Organization in Europe, and examines the health and behavior of children ages 11, 13 and 15.

Of the 227,441 teenagers who participated in the study, in 2017 and 2018, it was found that 35 percent used "social media" "intensively", with a peak of 63 percent of 15-year-old Italian girls, compared to 12 percent of Albanians at the age of 11 years.

The study also showed that smoking among young people has decreased since 2014 by 4 percentage points among boys at the age of 13 years, and 7 points among adolescents at the age of 15 years.

In the 11-year-old category, 5 percent of boys and 2 percent of girls said they smoke, while 29 percent of males and 27 percent of females at the age of 15 said this, and alcohol consumption among adolescents decreased from 38 percent to 35 percent.

Source Sky News

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