This book highlights the field of youth mental health and why it is a specialty distinct from both child and adolescent and adult mental health.
Youth Mental Health: Approaches to Emerging Mental Ill-Health in Young People examines issues such as mental health literacy, e-Health, family, psychological, vocational and pharmacological interventions. The authors also discuss issues that are particularly pertinent to young people, such as suicidality, substance abuse, gender identity and sexuality, attention deficit disorder and eating disorders. Taking a preventative focus, this book presents evidence for youth mental health as an important and growing field, makes the case for the reform of existing service structures to better serve this group and outlines the latest specialised approaches to treatment.
Drawing on the knowledge and expertise of leading thinkers in youth mental health, this book is instrumental for mental health professionals who wish to design new specialised mental health systems for young people.
Section I: Why focus on youth mental health? 1. Transition to adulthood: the changing landscape 2. Adolescent brain development and implications for mental health Section II: Mental health systems – do we need specialized services for youth? 3. Help-seeking in young people 4. Early psychosis services 5. Neuro-informed psychotherapy, a manualised intervention for accessing marginalised youth: clinical rationale, theoretical underpinnings and practice 6. Youth Mental Health – the need for new models of care 7. What makes a good Youth Mental Health Service?, Dr Lisa Butterly; Section III: Specialized interventions; 8. Using Mental Health First Aid to support young people 9. E-mental health for young people 10. Broad spectrum interventions for early or emerging depression and anxiety in young people 11. Interventions for substance misuse in young people 12. Social disability in young people – the need to improve time use 13. Vocational recovery in young people with mental health problems: progress and directions 14. Youth suicide prevention: prevalence, predictors and prevention 15. Family interventions 16. Psychopharmacology in Youth Mental Health 17. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in youth 18. The mental health of LGBTIQA+ 19. Eating disorders in young people Section IV: Future directions 20. Future directions in youth mental health
"This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in working with young people experiencing mental ill-health. Written by leading experts in youth mental health, it provides an authoritative overview of the latest research and evidence-informed practices across a wide range of areas, which are likely to appeal to mental health professionals, researchers and students alike. I will certainly be recommending it to students of the Masters of Youth Mental Health."
Dr. Paul Badcock, Program Manager, graduate online programs in youth mental health, The University of Melbourne, Australia.