Mental health of children
The mental health needs of children are recognised as a global policy priority; with mental and behavioural disorders accounting for a considerable proportion of the burden of disease in young people in all societies. Poor mental health is strongly correlated with a number of other health and development concerns in young people, such as substance use, violence, risky behaviour and lower educational achievements. Vulnerability to mental ill-health is more pronounced in low and middle income countries; this often the result of limited resources. For example, South Africa has a shortage of skilled mental-health professionals, and almost, non-existent public, facilities to treat children with severe mental illness.
Almost all of the children entering Kids Haven have been exposed to some form of neglect and/or abuse. The immediate and long-term impact of such exposure is well documented and we are increasingly seeing children that present with a range of both mild and severe mental health and behavioural concerns. The therapy centre was established in 2015 in response to this growing need.
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