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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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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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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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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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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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Headspace an innovative approach Chris Tanti

Across the western world, governments, policy makers, managers and clinicians congratulated themselves at the speed at which they closed institutions in order to provide services in the community. Inpatient units were mainstreamed and a web of communitybased services emerged to support people with mental illness live fulfilling lives. As a young clinician, I, like many others bought into the vision because I could visualise the enormous benefits that would flow to patients. We now know that not everything we hoped for happened.

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Youth Mental Health: A best bet for health care reform Patrick McGorry

Mental and substance use disorders are among the most important health issues facing society. They are by far the key health issue for young people in the teenage years and early twenties, and if they persist, they constrain, distress and disable for decades.

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Emerging Adulthood: A new feature of the 21st Century Society Jeffrey Arnett

Fifty years ago, most young people in developed countries married and became parents in around age 20, and relatively few continued their education beyond secondary school. Today, 30 is the new 20, as a popular American saying goes, and the transitions to a stable adult life take place closer to age 30 for most young people. Consequently, a new life stage has opened up in between adolescence and young adulthood. Dr.

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The Evolving Brain of the Emerging Adult Stephen Wood

Although adolescence certainly begins with the onset of puberty and covers the teenage years from the age of 13 to age 19, it is not defined by specific events. In particular, the end of adolescence is much debated and is likely to be associated with taking on adult roles and responsibilities rather than a biological marker. The developmental changes through this period promote the skills necessary to take on these responsibilities and alter the way we interact with others, but they also make young people more vulnerable to problems of emotional or behavioural control.

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