New Research on Mental Illness and Assisting Youth

Early Intervention to Detect Mental Illness is a MUST to assist Youth

A recent study once again emphasizes the need for early intervention for the detection and treatment of mental illness.  Far too many youth at risk of becoming homeless enter into our programs with undiagnosed mental health issues that stymie their attempts at achieving independence.

As the Globe and Mail reports on the study, “Early intervention is the holy grail of mental illness – a goal the public system aspires to, but less often delivers. People struggling with mental disorders do better the earlier they get help, and yet, while the symptoms typically emerge at a young age, treatment often doesn’t happen until much later.”

The head researcher, Dr. Rudolf Uher, argues that: “”We found that when people were talking about early interventions it was at a point when it was almost already at a full mental illness.  We weren’t treating patients early enough. It’s much easier to work with anxiety in a 10-year-old, than psychosis in an adult.”

It is important for all youth workers in BC to advocate for more mental health resources be directed toward youth and that early intervention becomes the norm, not the exception.  School districts need to work, as well, to ensure that intervention begins much earlier in life for its students since teachers are the community’s “eyes on the ground.”  To read more see.

Globe and Mail – Canadian Researcher Paving the Way for Early Intervention of Mental Illness

Newswire – Research Winner Sees Early Intervention as Key to Pre-Empting Mental Illness

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