In the first half of 2021, nearly 20% of 15-24-year-olds reported often feeling depressed, according to a UNICEF/Gallup survey of young people across 21 countries, The Guardian reports.   Country by country:

For some years, research has shown suicide in America is particularly dire for Black youth.   A study published earlier this month found that the trend is worsening.   From 2003–2017:

Medical workers aren’t the only ones suffering burnout during COVID-19 in the US. The pandemic is exacting a steep toll from public health workers as well.   Meet Alexandra, a public health policy researcher for a municipal agency in a large northeastern city. She did 3…

60% of the 55 million families affected by Alzheimer’s globally live in low- and middle-income countries—yet the vast majority of genetic research on the disease has been limited to westerners.

Results from a new global survey released today show more than half of those who are unvaccinated in 50+ countries indicated they definitely or probably won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine. Key reasons for hesitation, according to August 16–31 results from the survey, include:

One in every 100 deaths is a suicide—and in at least 20 countries, that’s considered a crime, The Guardian reports, according to a new United for Global Mental Health report released ahead of today’s World Suicide Prevention Day.  

The global toll of dementia is rising—and so is the cost, coming in at $1.3 trillion per year.   The WHO released its latest status report yesterday:

Today there are more adolescents in the world than ever before: 1 in 6 of the world’s population. Nearly 90% of these adolescents live in low- and middle-income countries. More than half of the people in Kyrgyzstan, a post-Soviet, landlocked country in the heart of Central…

Persistent cognitive issues and the troubling brain scans of recovering COVID-19 patients have led researchers to explore whether coronavirus infection ups the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. 

COVID-19’s mental health toll on health care workers has been documented—but what about public health workers? A new CDC survey shows that they experienced impacts comparable to other health workers.