Dr. K.V. Kishore Kumar
There is a great scope to promote the health of young people, prepare them for tomorrow and the stakeholders like families and larger communities. We have to move away from the notion of individualism to cultivate a sense of community and belonging. This notion of individualism is leading to multitude of problems like substance use, suicide, crime, disharmony etc and all of this happening to people before the age of 20 is likely to create enduring problems. Solution - build competence in people - in volunteers, teachers, peers and parents, collectively pool these resources to guide young people. Often mental health problems can be traced back to early childhood and problems with parenting. Teachers also must play a huge role in building competence in children.