The State of the World's Children 2021

On My Mind: Promoting, protecting and caring for children’s mental health.

Baby and her mother during routine check up with the pediatrician.


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 commitment, communication 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.

Explore an interactive view of data from the report.

Companion report
On My Mind: How adolescents experience and perceive mental health around the world.

For parents
Tips and resources on how to talk to your child about mental health.

For young people

Tips on reaching out, providing support and breaking the stigma around mental health.

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