Authors: Pam Samra, Lara Denman, QLD
Event: 1998 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, adolescence, youth mental health, Young people with Unlimited opportunities and Real life experiences United (Y.U.R.U.)
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: When a mental illness strikes in adolescence, there are major interruptions for the young person. The aim of the paper is to present challenging issues for young people and innovative directions that meet their unique needs. Young people with Unlimited opportunities and Real life experiences United (Y.U.R.U.) is an innovative program in Queensland, jointly run with Child and Youth and Adult Rehabilitation Services. Y.U.R.U. is designed to provide early intervention, prevention and promotion of personal recovery. Y.U.R.U. is a multi-phased program for young people, aged 14 to 17 years who have experienced early psychosis and other mental health problems. The program aims to provide better outcomes for adolescents, and focuses on symptom management, self esteem, relationships, communication, anger and stress management, leisure and recreation and lots more. The developmental issues, program content, evaluation and future directions for young people will be discussed in this paper.