Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing
Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing

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Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing

1.2 Politics

The politics of a country can have a powerful influence on children’s mental health. For example, children who live in low-income countries are less likely to have access to health services and an education beyond secondary school. The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals aim to improve the lives of all people in low-income countries and to ‘address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice’ (UN, 2019).

There are 17 goals, which often overlap and interrelate.

This is a graphic showing 17 goals: No poverty; Zero hunger; Good health and wellbeing; Quality education; Gender equality; Clean water and sanitation; Affordable and clean energy; Decent work and economic growth; Industry, innovation and infrastructure; Reduced inequalities; Sustainable cities and communities; Responsible consumption and production; Climate action; Life below water; Life on land; Peace, justice and strong institutions; Partnerships for the goals.
Figure 2 Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 3 is related to good health and wellbeing. While there is no specific emphasis on children’s mental health and wellbeing, improving health and reducing threats to health will, in turn, reduce the number of children who are orphaned (a major threat to a child’s wellbeing), improving their mental health and wellbeing.

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