The State of the World's Children 2021: On my mind

Promoting, protecting and caring for children’s mental health

Una niña y su madre en Belmopan, Belice, asisten a un examen médico que incluye asesoramiento como parte del programa Care for Child Development.


The COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about the mental health of a generation of children. But the pandemic may represent the tip of a mental health iceberg – an iceberg we have ignored for far too long. The State of the World’s Children 2021 examines child, adolescent and caregiver mental health. It focuses on risks and protective factors at critical moments in the life course and delves into the social determinants that shape mental health and well-being.

It calls for commitmentcommunication and action as part of a comprehensive approach to promote good mental health for every child, protect vulnerable children and care for children facing the greatest challenges.


Portada Estado Mundial de la Infancia 2021-LAC
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Spanish, English
Full report: 978-92-806-5285-7, Executive summary: 978-92-806-5286-4, Resumen ejecutivo: 978-92-806-5294-9