This issue of our newsletter explores how CAMH researchers are changing the path of mental health for young people, from early childhood to the transition to adulthood.
Fall 2018 edition: Focus on child and youth mental health
Most mental illnesses begin in childhood and adolescence. In this issue, we explore challenges and bright spots, and how our researchers are working to change the path of mental health for young people, from early childhood to the crucial transition into adulthood.
Transforming mental health for children and youth
The opportunity to prevent mental illness or lessen its impacts over a person’s lifetime makes the early years particularly important for mental health. CAMH researchers are learning from young people, improving care and developing biologically informed treatments to fundamentally change the path ahead.
For young people receiving mental health care, a gap in care opens when they turn 18 – they must leave youth mental health services, and search for adult services. CAMH scientist Dr. Kristin Cleverley is working to improve this crucial transition for young people and their families.
CAMH scientist Dr. John Haltigan is searching for why some of the most hard-to-treat or pervasive mental illnesses occur among children and young people. To find answers, he’s advancing novel approaches that have the potential to substantially change what we define as mental illness and mental health.
Many girls and women with autism spectrum disorders are undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or diagnosed late in life, often leaving their health care needs unrecognized or unmet. See how CAMH researchers are aiming to change that.