Journal article

Lessons from Iceland: Developing scalable and sustainable community approaches for the prevention of mental disorders in young Australians

E Hoare, IE Thorisdóttir, AL Kristjansson, ID Sigfusdóttir, J Hayward, S Allender, C Strugnell, N Reavley, G Patton, M Berk, F Jacka

Mental Health and Prevention | Elsevier | Published : 2019

Abstract

Adolescence is the primary age of onset for common psychiatric disorders and thus presents a singular opportunity for prevention, particularly in school settings. Research efforts have advanced the understanding of diverse and interacting risk and protective factors for anxiety and depression. Such factors span individual, family, school, economic, cultural, biological, and other domains. Despite this, Australian prevention programs have largely limited their focus to individual-level protective skills through psychoeducation, such as resilience and relationship building, usually with modest and short-term positive effects. We propose that multi-disciplinary, systems and community-based prev..

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