7. Health and Well-Being
The concept of health and well-being are used together as the need of the two sectors cooperating is increasing constantly. The concept of well-being is more prevalent. The main governmental authority responsible for youth health and well-being is the Ministry of Social Affairs. Their role is to plan the health care policy and organize its implementation. See more in chapter 7.2.
Two cross-national studies provide information about young people's well-being, health behaviors, and social context:
- Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) is conducted once every four years among 11, 13 and 15-year-old students.
- The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) collects data on substance use among 15-16-year-old students once every four years.
According to those studies, 88% of young people rate their health as good or very good and are satisfied with their life. See more in chapter 7.1.
The Child Protection Act defines early detection and prevention of risks as important areas. Prevention is specifically addressed in the act. See more in chapter 7.6.