Re-Orientating Mental Health To Address The Mental Health Needs Of Young People

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Authors: Fiona Perrett, Tanya Hanstock, Brad Moore, Carolyn Enshaw, Andrew McManus and Kylee Brown, NSW

Year: 2010

Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference

Subject: COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH, PROMOTION, Young People's Services

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765364

Abstract: Mental health services have often struggled to address the mental health needs of young people. Young people can experience significant loss, disengagement and disability while attempting to negotiate pathways to care. Feedback from families, consumers and carers highlights the need to intervene earlier, build capacity and engage other professional partners to help young people at risk of severe mental illness. This paper presents the innovations implemented by the Greater Southern Area Health Service Youth Mental Health Strategy. Innovations include using drama and education programs to reduce stigma in communities, educating young parents to create future emotional resilience for their children, supporting young offenders to reduce crime rates and researching barriers to mental health services for young people. This model was implemented in 2008 and outcomes are encouraging.

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