Journal article

Uptake of a national primary mental health program by young people in Australia

Bridget Bassilios, Angela Nicholas, Lennart Reifels, Jane Pirkis

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS | BMC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to examine the uptake of an Australian primary mental health care program (Access to Allied Psychological Services) by young people aged 12 to 25 years and the characteristics of consumers and the treatments received. Data were sourced from a national web-based minimum dataset. RESULTS: Between 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2012, 51 716 young consumers received 245 704 sessions via the primary mental health program. Around two thirds were female and the average age was 19 years. The majority had depressive and/or anxiety disorders.Most services were delivered to individuals (including just the young person and/or the young person with one or both parents),..

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