Emotional mental disorders continue to increasingly affect adolescents

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – The National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) has highlighted the continuous annual increase in the number of Indonesian teenagers with emotional mental disorders, which has become a serious threat to the development of the country.

“About 9.8 percent of teenagers in Indonesia suffer from emotional mental disorders,” BKKBN leader Hasto Wardoyo said while commemorating the 29th National Family Day in Yogyakarta on Wednesday.

According to Wardoyo, the three main threats that can affect the development of the nation are stunting in children, emotional mental disorders and disabilities, as well as narcotics, psychotropic substances and addictive substances.

According to data from the Basic Health Research of 2018, some 9.8% of Indonesian adolescents have been affected by emotional mental disorders.

This figure continues to see a significant increase, whereas previously the number only reached 6.1% in 2013.

Meanwhile, according to data from the World Health Organization in 2019, one in eight people, or 970 million people worldwide, suffers from an emotional mental disorder.

The increase in emotional mental disorders will affect the behavior of adolescents, which requires serious attention from all parties, because bad behaviors can form in adolescence, such as being easily provoked or getting involved in activities. criminals.

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Apart from emotional mental disorders in adolescents, another aspect that needs to be highlighted is the increasing rate of divorce among parents every year, Wardoyo said.

Based on statistical data in 2015, the divorce rate in Indonesia was around 350,000 couples and increased to 580,000 couples in 2021.

“As a result, there were 580,000 broken families. Children in these families might end up receiving less attention due to the separation of their parents,” Wardoyo noted.

Thus, he stressed that the state should help every individual in society to build a qualified family in order to realize the creation of a superior and advanced young generation.

Under the theme of the 29th National Family Day, “Preventing stunting to realize a family without stunting”, Wardoyo said that Yogyakarta was one of the provinces that understood the importance of preventing children from stunting. be affected by emotional mental disorders thanks to its low prevalence of stunting.

Yogyakarta province could become a model for other regions to implement mutual cooperation in stunting eradication, with the other regions having the lowest prevalence rates: Jakarta and Bali.

“Yogyakarta is also the most successful region for concurrent family planning service attendance of one million acceptors. The success of acceptors in Yogyakarta exceeded the target by more than 200 percent,” he added.

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