Message by Health Minister Dr. Koca on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October every year to raise global awareness of mental health issues and to stimulate advocacy. This year, the theme of World Mental Health Day is “Young people and mental health in a changing world” – a vital concern given that approximately 1 in 5 adolescents experience mental and behavioral problems in any given year. Moreover, half of all mental health problems in adulthood have their onset during or before adolescence.

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. In terms of the burden of the disease among adolescents, depression is the third leading cause.Fortunately, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world. Evidence is growing that promoting and protecting adolescent health brings benefits not just to adolescents’ health, both in the short- and the long-term, but also to economies and society, with healthy young adults able to make greater contributions to the workforce, their families and communities and society as a whole.

On the occasion of the World Mental Health, the Turkish Ministry of Health is organizing various events which are all open to public access and participation.

We may summarize the events organized as follows:

  • - “Psychological Resilience” seminars and psychodrama ateliers for the young people provided by the psychiatrists at the Youth Centers
  • - “Parents understanding the adolescents” seminars provided by the child development experts at the libraries and drama ateliers for the young people
  • - “Psychological Resilience” seminars for the freshmen students of the universities
  • - “Psychological Resilience” seminars for the young people and parents at the health centers

We will continue supporting the young people and working to make sure that they have biological, psychological and social health. 


Updated: 15/10/2018