Social and occupational outcomes for young people who attend early intervention mental health services

Peter J Lenehan
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51427
Published online: 21 March 2022

To the Editor: Iorfino and colleagues1 reported that “two in three young people with emerging mental disorders did not experience meaningful improvement in social and occupational functioning during two years of early intervention care”. Their sample was drawn from two headspace sites. This sounds alarming, especially considering that the study is exemplary in its longitudinal design, large sample size, and robust statistical analyses. Nevertheless, clinicians should be mindful of making too much of these results.

  • Peter J Lenehan

  • Wollongong, NSW



I thank David Wootton (Service Manage headspace Nowra) for encouraging me to explore the headspace outcome measures.

Competing interests:

I am a headspace clinician currently working for a headspace centre.


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