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Mental Health

According to a report by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, “more than 1 billion children – half of all children in the world – are exposed to violence every year”. In Pakistan, Sahil, a local child rights organization states that at least 8 children faced abuse each day in 2020. We know that those statistics only stand for the tip of the iceberg.

To break the intergenerational cycle of violence, and eventually create a safe and conducive society for our children, it is critical to focus on adequately preventing and responding to Violence Against children (VAC), Violence against Women (VAW) and GBV in general. To this end, ensuring that mental health is taken into consideration and integrated into a systemic child protection and child justice mechanism is critical.

Check below to learn more about GDP’s work related to clinical and non-clinical mental health. 

1. Children’s Participation in High-Level Political Forum 2021

Children from around the world including Pakistani children participated in the High Level Political Forum 2021 to emphasize on the need to improve mental health which is the finding of the CovidUnder19 global survey in which 26,000 children participated.

  • Click on the  link below to read the joint statement and call to action:
  • Please click on the link below to read the report Hidden Scars: the impact of violence and the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health.