One in every 6 children is depressed in Nigeria – UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concern over the future of Nigerian children, claiming that their mental health is in jeopardy.
According to the findings of a new poll performed by UNICEF and Gallup dubbed “The Changing Childhood Project,” Nigerian children and young adults are increasingly under pressure to thrive globally, despite limited options and government support.
The research, which was launched in honour of World Children’s Day 2021, which is observed annually on November 20, sought input from people of various generations on what it’s like to be a child in today’s world.
Between February and June 2021, more than 21,000 adults and children were interviewed in 21 countries, according to the research, and the samples gathered are probability-based and nationally representative of two unique demographics in each country: persons aged 15-24 and those aged 40 and older.
Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Japan, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe are among the countries examined by UNICEF.
According to the survey’s findings, young people in Nigeria are increasingly encountering mental health issues, with one in every six young Nigerians aged 15 to 24 reporting they are depressed, worried, apprehensive, or anxious.
During the epidemic, the study asked young people about their mental health, worldview, trust in institutions, the importance of equality, climate change, and digital benefits and hazards, among other things.
According to the findings of the survey, young Nigerians are 72 percent more concerned than youngsters from other countries.
Young people in Indonesia, with 63 percent, and Kenya, with 54 percent, are the next highest.
Similarly, children and young people in Nigeria expressed high levels of anxiety about the risks of meeting someone in person after meeting them online, with 84 percent, slightly higher than youngsters in the United States (81%) and Brazil (79%) respectively (82 percent).
Young Nigerians are anxious about money, with 74 percent of girls and 66 percent of males concerned they won’t be able to feed their families.
UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins, said;
He said: “We cannot bury our heads in the sand and hope these concerns will go away. We need to take action, and the first step is to solicit their views, listen closely and allow their concerns and ideas to influence our policy decisions.”
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