Mental health and psychosocial wellbeing among children and young people in Viet Nam
Mental health has been recognised as an integral part of broader definitions of health (see e.g. WHO, 2001), wherein mental health is not equated simply as the absence of mental disorder, but includes subjective wellbeing, self-efficiency, autonomy, compe
The Study on ‘Mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of children and young people in selected provinces and cities in Viet Nam’ was carried out as part of a broader collaboration between UNICEF Viet Nam and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), with research and technical expertise provided by the Overseas and Development Institute (ODI). The Study aims to provide an overview of the situation of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of children and young people in Viet Nam.
The Study researching team consisting of Fiona Samuels, Nicola Jones and Taveeshi Gupta from ODI and Thuy Dang Bich and Le Dao Hong from the Institute for Family and Gender Studies. The researching team would like to acknowledge support from their external peer reviewers, Bassam Abu Hamad and Martha Bragin, for the helpful and detailed comments on early drafts. And they would also like to thank the numerous respondents in all the study locations for providing them with time and answering many questions. The research team would highly appreciate the Social Protection Department of MOLISA in supporting the research including organization of consultations on the drafts.
The Study benefited from financial and methodological support from UNICEF Viet Nam. And finally, the research team would like to acknowledge the great contribution from the Child Protection team of UNICEF Viet Nam for their tireless efforts in reviewing, providing comments on the drafts and proof-reading the full report as well as briefing documents.