Journal article

Developing the 'youth model' in mental health services

Peter Birleson, Alasdair Vance

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | INFORMA HEALTHCARE | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to review the basis of the 'youth model' and new 'headspace' service delivery structures, proposed as a solution to the problem of high rates of psychiatric disorder in the youth period of life. Several issues were examined through asking key questions and answering these from the perspective of two academically oriented child and adolescent psychiatrists. CONCLUSIONS: As half of all mental disorders appear during childhood and early adolescence, more research into the origin and emergence of these problems should focus on this early period of life. Prevention research should also focus largely on children and adolescents, with interventions targeted thro..

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