Mental disorder is the major public health challenge in adolescents and young adults.
1 in 5 teens and young adults live with a mental health condition.
Half of all lifetime cases of diagnosable mental illness begin by age 14 and three-quarters of lifetime mental illness arise by mid-twenties. However,
60–70% of children and adolescents with clinically significant mental health problems have not been offered evidence-based interventions at the earliest opportunity for maximal lifetime benefits.
Unlike other health problems such as cancers and heart disease, most mental illness begins early and may persist over a lifetime, causing disability when those affected would normally be at their most productive.
These statements justify a stronger focus on the mental health of persons aged less than 30 years.
Conclusions – person centred care
Better mental health for our youth is an investment in the future of our society
A balanced care approach with primary care-givers involved in early detection and intervention
Adequate referral pathways to specialised services
Access and rapidity of response are critical. Waiting times must be as short as possible.
Services must reflect caring needs with step-up and step-down possibilities aimed at short, sharp focused interventions and rapid return to the normal life.
Care models to include life-skills building and work-training approaches in order to improve coping mechanisms.
The person requiring care must be at the centre of care and all significant others who can contribute must be involved.
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