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Children, young people and families: A population health approach to mental health
by Beverley Raphael

Youth Studies Australia v.21, n.2, June 2002, pp.12-16

Mental health problems and mental disorders are appearing at substantial and concerning levels in today's child and youth populations. Professor Beverley Raphael, Director of the Centre for Mental Health in the Policy Division of NSW Health, explains why a population health approach, which encompasses both public health and clinical services interventions, is eminently suitable to address emotional and behavioural problems. Inherent in this approach is the recognition that mitigating risk and enhancing protective influences in the earlier stages of life may increase the likelihood of positive mental health outcomes both in childhood and later.

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness -- a national initiative
By Sue Garvin, Sue McAllister and Philip Robinson

Youth Studies Australia v.21, n.2, June 2002, pp.17-22

With the prevalence of mental illness in our community estimated to be nearly one in five adults, it is believed that the number of young people who have a parent with a mental illness is significant. The Children of Parents with a Mental Illness National Initiative is a three-year project designed to promote better mental health outcomes for these children. It will do this by providing young people, their parents, generic community services and specialist mental health services with access to information and resource materials, and by promoting a flexible network of support in the community for these families.

Working with schools to promote emotional health and prevent depression: The ACE Program (Adolescents Coping with Emotions)
By Nick Kowalenko, Ann Wignall, Ron Rapee, Julie Simmons, Kathy Whitefield and Roger Stonehouse

Youth Studies Australia v.21, n.2, June 2002, pp.23-30

In our demanding and increasingly competitive society, there is evidence that a large proportion of young people are experiencing feelings of depression and low mood. The ACE (Adolescents Coping with Emotions) project is a successful early intervention program for young people with depression that teaches effective coping strategies designed to improve young people's resilience. The school-based program is implemented in group sessions that involve learning new skills, role-plays, exercises, fun activities and individual discussion.

Headroom -- promoting the mental health of young people: A multi-media approach
By Christine Lock, Beajaye Wright, Tony Phillips and Caroline Brown

Youth Studies Australia v.21, n.2, June 2002, pp.31-35

Research indicates that young people have little or no understanding of mental health and, in general, do not perceive that they have a mental health status. This lack of awareness and knowledge about mental health contributes to the stigma associated with both mental health and mental illness. In South Australia, Headroom, a state-wide mental health promotion project, has addressed these issues by engaging young people in thinking about and developing an understanding of their own mental health. Headroom strategies include the development of the Headroom web site and the Positive Minds Attract mental health campaign, and associated promotional and work force development activities.

Day programs for young people with mental health issues
By Pauline McEntee and Michelle Hilton

Youth Studies Australia v.21, n.2, June 2002, pp.36-42

Intervention with children and young people at an early stage can prevent emotional and behavioural problems from becoming entrenched and minimise their impact on young people's lives. Day programs have been an established clinical mode of treatment for mental problems for several decades. They provide an opportunity for intensive treatment while supporting young people to remain in the community. This paper details the Day Program and the Hospital to Home Transition Team (HHTT) program offered by Adolescent Services -- Enfield Campus (ASEC), a tertiary service based in Adelaide that provides day programs for young people aged 12-18 years.

'beyondblue: the national depression initiative': Targeting depression in young people
By Jane Burns and Karen Field

Youth Studies Australia v.21, n.2, June 2002, pp.43-51

Figures published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveal that mental health problems and behavioural disorders account for over half the disease burden in youth in Australia. The most frequently reported mental health problems in young people are depression and anxiety. The Federal and Victorian governments have each provided $17.5 million over five years to assist in the establishment of 'beyondblue: the national depression initiative'. Part of the 'beyondblue' initiative involves the development and implementation of a youth program, which includes a multilevel, comprehensive, schools-based research project that focuses on mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention.

Remote communities, child telepsychiatry and primary health care
By Brendan Sheahan

Youth Studies Australia v.21, n.2, June 2002, pp.52-55

People of the far west of NSW experience poorer health than most other groups in the State. In part, this reflects the failure of traditional models of service delivery to effectively meet the needs of remote communities. The physical characteristics of the environment, particularly the enormous distances and the dispersed population, place logistical limits on the extent to which specialist services can operate. Brendan Sheahan argues that a primary health care approach used in conjunction with clinical service delivery can, through the use of tools such as videoconferencing, provide rural communities with a comprehensive range of services, consultants and programs in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Last modified: 11 December, 2007