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Youth Advocacy Service for service users in Child and Adolescent approved centres in Ireland Madge OCallaghan

Background: St. Patricks Mental Health Services is Irelands oldest independent mental health service provider, delivering inpatient day and adolescent mental health services in Ireland. Willow Grove Adolescent Unit provided inpatient and community mental health services for adolescents from 13 to 17 years of age experiencing a variety of mental health difficulties. An evidence-based, recovery focussed participatory approach is employed by the multi-disciplinary team.

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Seeking help for first-episode psychosis: a family narrative Charlotte Connor

Delays in help-seeking for first-episode psychosis have been suggested to occur due to a wide range of factors but results in many young people spending long periods of time vulnerable and untreated, with serious consequences for treatment response and outcome. Whilst personal narratives of young people or carers of young people are vital to our understanding of help-seeking behaviour, we must not forget that families operate as systems, whereby all responses from all family members are interrelated.

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Layers of Listening: Exploring the Lived Experiences of Carers of Young People with First Episode Psychosis in English Early Intervention Services Anna Lavis

Background & Rationale: Engaging with the family of a young person undergoing a first episode of psychosis (FEP) is a central tenet of UK Early Intervention Services (EIS), both in policy and practice. Yet the potential practical and affective impacts on family members of both a relative or partners FEP and this involvement in their care remain under-researched.

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Family groups in Sussex Early Intervention in Psychosis Services: evidence of their effectiveness and reflections from staff on the experience of running them Stuart Clark

It is widely recognised that the provision of effective psycho-education and psycho-social support to young people who experience a range of serious mental health issues and their relatives / friends is critical in enabling recovery and preventing relapse (McGorry, 1995; Luckstead et al., 2012; Miklowitz, 2012). Early Intervention in Psychosis services work with young people and families who have been affected by a first episode of psychosis.

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Working outside the comfort zone: academic-social-technological partnerships to deliver technology based interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing in young people Kathryn McCabe

High rates of Internet and social media technology uptake by young people present exciting opportunities for health researchers and practitioners to engage this group in technology- based mental health initiatives. However, the successful delivery of evidence-based research in technology-based formats is not straightforward. In addition to content, this involves ensuring engagement and uptake of technology-based tools by the group for which they are designed.

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The HORYZONSproject: 21st Technologies to meet 21st Century Challenges in Early Intervention for Psychosis Mario Alvarez_Jimenez

Background: Early intervention services have demonstrated improved outcomes in first episode psychosis (FEP); however, recent evidence shows that treatment benefits may not be sustainable over time. These findings have resulted in repeated recommendations for the implementation of longer term treatment programs. Objectives: The aim of this study is to answer the important question of whether the clinical benefits of specialised FEP programmes can be extended into long-term improvements through the use of an world-first, cost-effective, online psychosocial intervention.

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Online Psychosocial Assessments in Mental Health Care: The Preferences of Young Sally Bradford

When a young person presents for mental health care they will likely be required to disclose very personal information at a time when they are at their most vulnerable. Specific psychosocial assessments delivered in a semi-structured interview or pen-and-paper format have been shown to help this process, with self-administered tools being the most acceptable to young people. Importantly, rates of personal disclosure have been shown to increase in an online format.

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Wake up and smell the coffee: Your Heads-Up to a new blend of primary care youth mental health service for UK 12-25 year olds Kevin Skinner

1. Universal-tier education and training: KSL is a social enterprise that supports and develops services for young peoples mental health and wellbeing. It has been NHS funded to design, deliver and evaluate a programme of universal mental health training in schools and colleges, to build capacity to manage and support more mental health problems and to make more appropriate service referrals. They will highlight the value of a whole school model of training beginning with emotional resilience and then the mental health problem level.

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Beyond reducing DUP: Unintended but positive effects of targeted early case detections of psychotic disorders in primary care Ashok Malla

Early case detection interventions, whether directed at the entire community or potential sources of referral such as, the primary health care settings, have generally examined the effect of such interventions on the duration of untreated psychosis, the principal measure of delay, as the primary outcome.

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A new clinical priority: a new clinical paradigm-youth mental health in primary care Jane Roberts

Background What do we know about primary care practitioners responses to youth presenting with mental health problems? Confidence levels are low; anxiety levels can be high; only serious mental health problems are addressed with less obvious, or covert problems, ignored; GPs wait for young people to start the conversation and report little ability, skill, or confidence to respond to youth who self harm yet are aware that it is a pressing problem. As a result youth mental health is not seen as core work in primary care.

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