IAYMH 2013

Title First Author Abstract or summary Type
Conference Lock Note Address Sarah Brennan Conference Presentations
The Cost and Cost-_Effectiveness in Youth onset Mental Health and Substance Use Prof Martin Knapp

Decision-makers in mental health and related systems need to take appropriate account of economic questions and economic consequences. Most of them are very aware of that already, but they do not always know what information to seek or how best to use it. In this presentation I therefore want to focus particularly on the ways that economics can help to ensure that youth mental health services achieve their biggest impacts by making best use of their available resources.

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Creating Space for Young People in the UK Max Birchwood

In this session Max Birchwood, one of the pioneers of early intervention in psychosis and youth health, will be in conversation with Carly Townsend. I started experiencing metal health problems in Year 8 of Secondary School (approx age - 13). I was referred to a child psychologist who I worked with for a year before I fell into a bad crowd and stopped attending sessions. Although I was still experiencing mental health problems in the form of panic attacks, hearing voices, self harm and behaving strangely, I didnt attempt to get any help till I was 17.

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Families Experiences of existing systems of care invited family member in conversation David Shiers

Dr. David Shiers is a clinical advisor to the National Audit of Schizophrenia and currently a member of the guideline development group reviewing the NICE guidance for Adults with Schizophrenia. As a GP in North Staffordshire, David developed particular interest in mental health from personal involvement as father to a daughter with schizophrenia from the mid-90s. From early complaints David engaged in developing a radical service redesign derived from what he felt was lacking in his daughters early experiences of care.

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Young People Technology and their wellbeing Jane Burns

International research clearly indicates that the prevalence of mental disorders is high, comorbidity is common and the pathways that lead to illness are complex. Approximately half of the worldwide population meets the criteria for one or more mental disorders in their lifetime with 75% of mental disorders present before age 24 years and 50% before 14 years. Mental health costs are the largest single source of cost related to non-communicable disease; larger than cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, or diabetes.

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The Spectrum of Mental Ill-health in Young People in the Whole Population Kathleen Merikangas

Mental disorders are widespread and lifelong conditions, about half of which start by age 14. This suggests that detection of the roots of such disorders as they emerge in childhood and adolescence could facilitate prevention of adulthood disorders and their devastating consequences.

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A population-level prediction tool for the incidence of first episode psychosis James Kirkbride

Background: Health commissioners require precise information on local population needs that vary enormously according to social and demographic factors. These are often unrecognised or ignored, as was the case when early intervention in psychosis services [EIS] for young people with first episode psychosis [FEP] were commissioned in England and Wales. We sought to develop a realistically-complex, population-based prediction tool to forecast incidence rates, using FEP as proof-of-principle.

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Measuring outcomes from ehealth services; how do they compare for headspace and eheadspace Nic Telford

Young people have the highest rates of mental illness than any other age group in Australia with one-in-four experiencing a mental health problem within any 12-month period. However this high rate of mental illness is not matched by a corresponding level of service use. In response the Australian government funded headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Since opening in 2006 headspace has provided youth-friendly services to more than 80,000 young people at its 40 centres across Australia.

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Expanding help-seeking options for young people by delivering mental health services online and on the phone Sandra Radovini

Young people have the highest need for mental health care across the lifespan, yet the lowest level of service use. Improving access to appropriate mental health care and increasing engagement with services is a priority for mental health reform in Australia. Providing services and interventions via online and mobile technologies is increasingly a focus for improving access and engagement for young people.

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Transforming practice in youth mental health services through innovative data collection processes Debra Rickwood

Data collection processes for health service monitoring and reporting are usually considered burdensome by service providers and irksome by clients, and the data provided are invariably found to be poor quality by those who need to use it. The Australian innovation in youth mental health service delivery, headspace, has also been plagued by these common problems whereby data processes were not effectively meeting organisational, staff or young peoples needs.

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