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Young people accessing online counselling: Who are they and what do they want? Mitchell Dowling

Mental health services are rapidly turning to the internet in order to meet increasing service demand and to provide flexible access and support options, particularly to young people. However, little is known about the characteristics of young online counselling clients, such as how they feel about themselves and their lives, and what expectations they have about online counselling. The purpose of this study was to examine psychological distress, life-satisfaction, hopefulness, and expectations of counselling for clients at eheadspace, an online counselling service in Australia.

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Keeping the Body in Mind: improving physical health in young people with psychosis: changing practice to create parity Jackie Curtis

Maintaining good physical health is a challenge for young people experiencing psychosis. Weight gain, metabolic disorders, and hypertension may occur rapidly after commencing treatment with antipsychotic medications. The rate of tobacco use is up to 6 times higher in young people with psychosis compared with peers without psychosis. Loss of self-esteem, and the added stigma and social exclusion as a consequence of weight gain and poor physical health pose an additional burden.

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Counting the Cost: The Impact of Young Mens Mental Health on the Australian Economy Aram Hosie

Background: The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that one in four young people will experience a mental health or substance use problem. In spite of this, rates of help-seeking among young Australians, and particularly among young men, remain low. Suicide continues to be the leading cause of death for young men in Australia, accounting for 22% of all deaths. Responding to this challenge is typically seen to be primarily a health issue for the attention of the government and community sectors, and obtaining business engagement can be difficult.

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Dissociation, interpersonal skills and the expression of neurodevelopmental disorders in adulthood Hugo Critchley

Background: Autism Spectrum Conditions, Tourette Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder start in early childhood and can affect how social skills develop. Since 2007, Sussex Partnership NHS Trust has run a clinical service (the Neurobehavioural Clinic) for assessment of adults with suspected neurobehavioural disorders; the service also provides recommendations for further support and clinical care. By way of research, the clinic collects information to aid understanding and thus improve quality of care.

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Right Here: Rescripting young peoples experiences of health and support services Susan Blishen

INTRODUCTION Right Here is a unique, five-year collaboration between Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation to develop effective new approaches to improving the mental health and well-being of 16 - 25 year olds, a much neglected group.

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Facilitators and barriers to Early Youth Engagement in first episode psychosis services (the EYE project): Developing the evidence base for a new youth engagement model Kathryn Greenwood

Background: Early intervention during the first 2-3 years of psychosis is pivotal in determining the long term trajectory of psychosis, yet treatment discontinuation in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services remains high. Approximately 25-33% of people disengage within the first 12 months, despite therapeutic need. Objective predictors of disengagement include younger age, male gender, substance use, milder symptoms, sealing over coping styles, limited family contact and lack of knowledge of services.

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Challenging Times: Is sexual orientation associated with increased risk of psychiatric ill-_health? Analysis from an Irish longitudinal study of mental health through youth Emmet Power

Background: It is reported that individuals identifying as LGB (lesbian, gay or bisexual) may be more at risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviours, deliberate self-harm, illicit drug use, alcohol misuse and mental health disorders. We aimed to analyse these issues in a North Dublin based cohort study. Method: Our study population was a sample of 169 young people aged 19-23 (mean age=20.8 yrs) from North Dublin. They had previously been interviewed at age 13/14 years and 80% had been traced and re-interviewed.

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Sexual orientation, risk and protective factors: data from the My World Survey Barbara Dooley

Introduction: While extensive research has shown links between sexuality and distress, no research in an Irish context has investigated such an extensive range of factors in one study. King et al. (2008) in a meta analysis has shown significantly higher levels (at least 1.5 times) of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and alcohol misuse in the LGB community versus their heterosexual counterparts. This study not only considers risk factors but also protective factors. Objectives: The study seeks to explore the relationship between sexuality and mental health.

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Development of Practice Principles for the Management of Ongoing Suicidal Ideation in Young People Diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) Simon Rice

Introduction: Youth suicide remains a significant public health issue and is a leading cause of death amongst young people aged 15-25yrs. Although suicidal ideation is a common phenomenon amongst those diagnosed with moderate-severe MDD, the consequences of acting upon suicidal thoughts can be grave and devastating. As such, carefully planned suicide-specific interventions are crucial for young people experiencing severe depressive symptomology.

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Young People driving Innovation and Research to Improve Wellbeing Michelle Blanchard

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