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Depression affects up to one in five teenagers. Effective prevention and support are needed

MedExpress Team

Piotr Wójcik

Published Feb. 23, 2024 12:19

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February 23 is the International Day Against Depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the fourth most serious disease in the world and one of the leading causes of suicide. In Poland, 2 percent of children aged 6-12 and as many as 20 percent in the adolescent group suffer from depression. This is a major challenge for the psychiatric care system that is currently being reformed.

The essence of the ongoing reform of the system of psychiatric care for children and adolescents is to remodel it into a leading role of community-based support, the first of three levels of care. According to Dr. Aleksandra Lewandowska, national consultant for child and adolescent psychiatry, there is a lack of coordination between the different levels.

- We also talk a lot about the need for interdepartmental cooperation. It's a health-related model, but I'm counting on this cooperation, because the pyramid of care must be based on prevention," points out Dr. Aleksandra Lewand...

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