Purpose of review
There has been increased attention towards the burden imposed by mental
disorders on children and adolescents. The present overview explores the current state of child
and adolescent mental healthcare provision
around the globe.
Current research indicates a concerning gap in the provision
of care for the child
population. The disparities between need, demand and access to youth mental healthcare
are likely to be even greater in low and- middle-income countries (LAMIC), where the proportion of children and adolescents in the population is higher. The scarcity of available resources for youth mental healthcare
, especially in LAMIC, represents a major obstacle to decreasing the impact of mental
disorders across the lifespan.
Our review highlights the discrepancy between demands and availability of mental healthcare
for youth populations throughout the world. We describe some of the potential contributors to the current state of youth mental healthcare
, such as problematic access to services, implementation deficiencies and inadequacy of policies. Recent innovative strategies to reduce these barriers are also presented.