Never before have so many teenagers been alive at one time. But every five minutes one of them commits suicide, often because of emotional and social problems related to sexual and reproductive health.
These include physical abuse, sexual violence, breakdowns of intimate relationships, alcohol and drug abuse, unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion, infection with STDs/HIV, and anxiety about being physically attracted to members of the same sex.
Most of these risks are preventable but many parents, opinion leaders and policy makers are afraid to act. As a consequence our societies face unnecessary human and social costs.