Early intervention in youth mental health

David A Sholl
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01734.x
Published online: 21 April 2008

To the Editor: There are two fundamental flaws in the case for reform of youth mental health services outlined recently by McGorry and colleagues.1,2 They argued that 18 years is an unnatural and inappropriate transition point between adolescent and adult services, and that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHSs) are somehow inherently ill equipped to deal with serious mental illness.

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, VIC.

  • 1. McGorry PD. The specialist youth mental health model: strengthening the weakest link in the public mental health system. Med J Aust 2007; 187 (7 Suppl): S53-S56. <MJA full text>
  • 2. McGorry PD, Purcell R, Hickie IB, Jorm AF. Investing in youth mental health is a best buy. Med J Aust 2007; 187 (7 Suppl): S5-S7. <MJA full text>


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