mental health services GOOD version

by danielcapriolomorris on November 4, 2015 - 6:56pm

This article discusses the positive and negative sides of the International Association of Youth Mental Health Conference in Montreal this past month. The goal of the conference is to promote the understanding and implementation of mental health services internationally and to inform and improve the involvement in the youth, because the young people are the forefront of change. The article mentions how early intervention is necessary in diagnosing and treating mental illness' before they beome chronic. It has been shown that diseases treated after teenage years are more difficult to treat. We have to change the way society views mental health and focus more on the youth. The conference was very informative however the number of young people who attended was quite low due to the high cost of the conference, and was basically entirely done in English which doesn’t allow for it to be fully international. Although the conference was very informative on the subject of mental health research and services, it did not reach out to the youth as much as it could in my opinion. If the conference allowed students to enter at a cheaper price, or had some sort of free broadcasts online for students it would have made a huge difference in the amount of younger people and is directly linked to what the conference is trying to achieve. I hope that the next conference is more internationally friendly by having presentations and seminars in multiple languages to attract a variety of countries and allows easier access to a younger crowd. The CLSC is a local health centre where all basic needs can be met. Unfortunately CLSC's do not have very good mental health services, however if representatives from them reached out to students in high schools for example and explained what the CLSC is for, maybe they can inform younger people about the potential mental health problems and will help with early intervention because adolescents will be smarter on the topic of mental health.