Declaration of conflict of interest: Ian B. Hickie is the Director of headspace, National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
Youth mental health: we know where we are and we can now say where we need to go next
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Special Issue: Early Intervention in Youth Mental Health: Papers from the 1st International Youth Mental Health Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 29-30 July 2010
Volume 5, Issue Supplement s1, pages 63–69, February 2011
How to Cite
Hickie, I. B. (2011), Youth mental health: we know where we are and we can now say where we need to go next. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 5: 63–69. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7893.2010.00243.x
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Received 30 September 2010; accepted 6 October 2010
- early intervention;
- health services;
Aim: To provide an overview of the state of knowledge relevant to the development of youth-specific mental health initiatives.
Methods: A selective review of data, particularly from Australian community and health service studies, that are relevant to the decisions faced by those who fund and organize health services internationally.
Results: It is possible to reach consensus on key issues such as the current state of evidence, myths that need to be challenged, areas of genuine uncertainty, priorities for future reform, and five and ten year goals and targets.
Conclusions: There is considerable convergence of evidence from epidemiology, clinical and basic neuroscience, population health and health service evaluation that supports an urgent new investment in development and evaluation of youth mental health initiatives.