It also recommended a wholesale shift to community-based care for mental health patients, with psychosocial treatments such as talking therapies being offered not just by medical professionals, but also by community health workers, peers, teachers and the clergy.
Beginning with statistics about suicide and mental health - "By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world" - the article doesn't shy away from the danger posed by mental illness. "In the United Kingdom and Australia, peer-to-peer education programs encourage young people to support one another".
Parents who are anxious about their children's mental wellbeing can call YoungMinds' parent helpline on 0808 802 5544 between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
'Our young people today face constant stressors and challenges - happening in their own lives and in the world around them.
Professor Vikram Patel, one of the Commission's editors, said that mental health "is the foundation of human capability that makes each life worthwhile and meaningful".
"In the African region, it is estimated that 5 per cent of the population aged below 15 years, suffer from a mental disorder".
"No other health condition in humankind has been neglected as much as mental health has", Dr Patel said.
Having good mental health can help us feel and function better, have more positive relationships with those around us, and deal with and manage hard times now and into the future. Harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries and can lead to risky behaviours such as unsafe sex or dangerous driving.
He said the burden of mental illness had risen dramatically worldwide in the past 25 years, partly due to societies ageing and more children surviving into adolescence, yet "no country is investing enough" to tackle the problem.
The governor explained that people with mental health problems deserve love, care, understanding and support. "And we can all be a part of a new movement", they write.
"Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address".