Transforming mental health for young people

Sccope The global population of young people exceeds one billion with almost 90 % residing in low to middle income countries. Mental disorders account for a considerable burden in the formative years of adolescence and young adulthood. Depressive, anxiety and conduct disorders (the ‘common mental disorders’) account for over 75% of the burden of mental disorders in this age group. There is a considerable body of evidence to suggest that a range of psychological treatments are effective for treating mental disorders in adolescents. However, the vast majority of young people do not receive these treatments. There are many reasons for this ‘treatment gap’. Much of the existing evidence comes from high income countries, and there are questions about how relevant this evidence is for settings where interventions can only be delivered by non-specialized health workers, where the cultural explanations for mental health problems are rarely biomedical, and where the demand for mental health care is low. Read More