Gendered Influences on Adolescent and Mental Health in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries

An estimated 67 000 adolescents die each year from self-harm, and far more—an estimated 10% of all adolescents—have intentionally harmed themselves. Suicide consistently ranks among the leading causes of death for older adolescent girls and boys globally, and depressive disorders, anxiety, behavioural problems, and self-harm are among the greatest contributors to young people’s burden of disease. Academics, practitioners, and advocates increasingly recognise the importance of mental health to the overall wellbeing of adolescents, and the complex linkages between gender and mental health.