0835 GMT October 13, 2019
He said according to the studies, 50 percent of mental disorders start before the age of 14 and 75 percent start under the age of 24.
Masoudi-Farid added that at least, 10 percent of funds allocated for health sector should be earmarked for mental health.
He called for establishing social assistance units in schools to prevent the spread of mental disorders.
Schools are best places for tracking mental disorder in individuals, he said, adding life skills and social communications should be taught in schools.
State Welfare Organization has established social emergency centers to provide social services.
Crisis management centers are also operating nationwide.
Specialists and social workers are employed by social emergency centers.
Those who want to report cases of social disorders, including spousal and child abuse, violence, runaway girls, women and street children, can dial 123.
Experts of social emergency centers also offer phone consultations or attend the scene of violence and abuse.