Mental wellbeing in young people

Exploring the causes of the rapid decrease of mental wellbeing in young people

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The project aims to comprehensively map factors influencing the declining subjective wellbeing of young people globally to inform actionable policy recommendations at national and international levels.

With this initiative, the International Science Council, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, aims to bring together youth from diverse global contexts and experts from diverse fields, including psychology, neuroscience, education science, sociology, anthropology, and psychological and developmental medicine. The objective is to develop an expert understanding of the determinants behind the declining subjective wellbeing of young people. Through this endeavor, we seek to enhance our comprehension of the relative importance of these determinants across global contexts, with implications for national, regional, and international policy.

The project comprises three phases:

The project team, along with oversight and peer review committees established in March 2023, have begun scoping peer-reviewed literature and relevant research to explore current insights into the determinants of young people’s mental health. This includes examining conceptual frameworks that can guide discussions on this topic.


Project team

Oversight committee

Peer review committee

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Project team

Vanessa McBride

Vanessa McBride

Science Director, Acting Head of the Centre for Science Futures

International Science Council

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