2014 United Nations International Youth Day

The 2014 United Nations International Youth Day: Youth and Mental Health is being observed today, August 12, to raise awareness on the importance of children's mental well-being and draw attention to the more than 280 million adolescents who've been affected by a mental health condition.

According to a 2012 study by UNICEF, about 20 percent of adolescents worldwide experience a mental health problem. The study notes that if the problem goes addressed -- as it does in many developing regions of the world where mental health services are unavailable or underfunded -- it can have long-term negative affects on the individual.