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Priority One: Mental Health Promotion and Early intervention for Young People – A Multifaceted Approach

Priority One: Mental Health Promotion and Early intervention for Young People – A Multifaceted Approach

The Logan-Beaudesert Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Early Intervention Unit (EIU) focuses on delivering mental health promotion, illness prevention and early intervention (MHPPEI) services to young people between the ages of 0-18. It embraces the concept of resiliency in individuals, family units and the community, through education, resource sharing, group programs and community capacity building strategies. This presentation will illustrate how the EIU, a small team recently expanded to three clinicians, delivers a host of MHPPEI initiatives across the district. A selection of past, present and future programs delivered or codelivered by the EIU will be discussed, such as More than the Blues (a program for young people with emerging depression), OurSpace (an initiative to support children of parents or relatives with a mental illness), the “Priority One Conference 2009” and “Unwell” (a drama performance addressing mental illness stigma in the community). The presenters hope that the presentation would be able to encourage other communities, which may not have yet been able to deliver MHPPEI initiatives, due to various reasons such as limited resources, to give it a go. It is our priority one, is it yours?

Speakers: Adam Lo
Conference: Demo
Areas of Interest / Categories: Depression, Mental Health