Journal article

Patterns of Youth Mental Health Service Use and Discontinuation: Population Data From Australia's Headspace Model of Care

Zac E Seidler, Simon M Rice, Haryana M Dhillon, Sue M Cotton, Nic R Telford, Juliet McEachran, Debra J Rickwood

Psychiatric Services | AMER PSYCHIATRIC PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: Young people (ages 12-25) experience the highest risk of developing mental disorders; however, their uptake of and engagement with treatment is low. The study explored sociodemographic predictors of attendance and discontinuation of mental health services in a large, population-based sample. METHODS: Data were from the minimum data set collected from young people (ages 12-25) who attended headspace, Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation, from 2013 to 2017 (N=80,502). Data on key demographic and clinical variables and practitioner ratings of need for ongoing care were analyzed. Cox regression was used to examine the association between sociodemographic factors and rat..

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