Journal article

Mental health difficulties across childhood and mental health service use: findings from a longitudinal population-based study

Melissa Mulraney, Harriet Hiscock, Emma Sciberras, David Coghill, Michael Sawyer

The British Journal of Psychiatry | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Over the past 20 years the prevalence of child and adolescent mental disorders in high-income countries has not changed despite increased investment in mental health services. Insufficient contact with mental health services may be a contributing factor; however, it is not known what proportion of children have sufficient contact with health professionals to allow delivery of treatment meeting minimal clinical practice guidelines, or how long children experience symptoms prior to receiving treatment.AimsTo investigate the level of mental healthcare received by Australian children from age 4 years to 14 years. METHOD: Trajectories of mental health symptoms were mapped using the St..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children was funded by the Australian Government. The writing of this paper was supported by a Project Grant (1129957) from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). H.H. is supported by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (1136222). E.S. is funded by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1110688) and a veski Inspiring Women's Fellowship. This research was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program to the MCRI.