Seventy five per cent of all mental health disorders have their onset between the years of 12 and 25. One in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem, most commonly depression and anxiety, at some point in their young lives.
Mental illness in youth is associated with significant physical, psychological and developmental consequences including obesity, low educational attainment, bullying and problematic peer relationships. Mental health stigma has a detrimental impact on young people in seeking help and accessing support and services.
To highlight the need for public health initiatives and interventions to combat stigma associated with youth mental health The University of Nottingham — in collaboration with the University of Greenwich, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Academic Health Science Network and the University College Dublin and National University of Ireland — is holding a symposium on Youth Mental Health and Stigma.
Dr Maria Michail, Principal Investigator of the Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing project
and Senior Research Fellow in Youth Mental Health in the School of Health Sciences
, said: “One in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. The impact on young people and their families is enormous and catalysed by the stigma and negative stereotypes associated with having a mental illness. Stigma and discrimination is still very prevalent in our society and prevents young people from talking about their problems and accessing support.”
Stigma and prejudice
This symposium — Stigma and prejudice: Advance in theory and research — is the outcome of an international collaboration between the UK and Ireland to promote the development of innovative, youth-oriented, stigma-free mental health services. The University of Nottingham’s School of Health Sciences is carrying out pioneering research in the field of youth mental health and well-being and leading this collaboration.
The symposium is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council
(ESRC) is the first in a series of seminars across the UK and Ireland on youth mental health and well-being. It will take place on Friday 12 December 2014, Room C33, Exchange Building, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, NG7 2QL from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
The speakers include Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, Dr Keon West, Goldsmiths University of London, Dr Helen Stain, University of Durham and Dr Kathy Greenwood, University of Sussex.
Dr Michail added: “Young people participating in our symposium will talk about their experiences, the impact of mental illness and how we could improve mental health services for youth.”
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