Integrating psychosocial interventions and support into HIV services for adolescents and young adults: technical brief

Adolescence, defined as the period between 10 and 19 years of age, is a developmental stage during which many psychosocial and mental health challenges emerge (1). Studies show that 34.6% of all mental health disorders begin by 14 years of age and 62.5% by 25 years (2). More broadly, adolescents are also navigating the transition to adulthood, exploring their autonomy and identity as they undergo rapid physical and social changes. In the context of these significant developmental, physical and social shifts, mental health needs may increase, even for adolescents and young people with no diagnosis.