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New study finds high rates of mental ill-health for under 25s

This follows new research that shows that over half of young Irish people will meet the criteria for a mental health disorder at some point before 25 years of age.

This is according to an Irish study, known as ‘The Challenging Times’, the findings from which are featured in the recent special youth themed edition of the ‘Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine’. Much of the work in this special issue was funded by the Health Research Board.

Associate editor , Professor Mary Cannon ( Beaumont Hospital and RCSI), says “It is time to start focussing on providing specialised services catering for the need of young people particularly during the transition from adolescence into young adulthood.

“This can be a difficult time with many challenges for vulnerable youth. The reality is that our existing services simply cannot respond to the level of need among Irish youth. New models of service are required.”

Dr. John Lyne (North Dublin Mental Health service) and associate editor of the issue said ‘This comprehensive edition provides a clear focus on young people’s mental health today.

“The quality contributions from both Ireland and internationally highlight the desire for reform in this area, which would be a positive investment for the future.’

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