Evaluating changes in functioning and psychological distress in visitors of the @ease youth mental health walk-in centres

Background: Highly accessible youth initiatives worldwide aim to prevent worsening of mental health problems, but research into outcomes over time is scarce. Aims: This study aimed to evaluate outcomes and support use in 12- to 15-year-old visitors of the @ease mental health walk-in centres, a Dutch initiative offering free counselling by trained and supervised peers. Method: Data of […]

Spatial, geographic, and demographic factors associated with adolescent and youth suicide: A systematic review study

Background: Suicide is a public health issue and a main cause of mortality among adolescents and the youth worldwide, particularly in developing countries. Objectives: The present research is a systematic review aiming to investigate the spatial, geographical, and demographic factors related to suicide among adolescents and the youth. Methods: In this systematic review, two researchers examined PsycINFO, Web […]

Association between exposure to suicide and suicidality outcomes in youth

Background: Ecological studies support the hypothesis that suicide may be “contagious” (i.e., exposure to suicide may increase the risk of suicide and related outcomes). However, this association has not been adequately assessed in prospective studies. We sought to determine the association between exposure to suicide and suicidality outcomes in Canadian youth. Methods: We used baseline […]

A comparison of depressive symptom self-reported measures in the Texas Youth Depression and Suicide Research Network (TX-YDSRN)

Objective: To evaluate psychometrically and provide crosswalks between 3 self-report measures of depressive symptomatology in youth in psychiatric care settings. Ratings included the Patient Health Questionnaire for Adolescents (PHQ-A), a widely used 9-item self-report; the 16-item Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology–Self-Report (QIDS-SR16); and the 5-item Very Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology–Self-Report (VQIDS-SR5), a recent effort to […]

Can the metaverse be good for youth mental health?

Nearly every young person spends a large part of their life in online spaces. On social media platforms, in digital games, and in augmented-, virtual-, and mixed-reality environments, they are exposed to a vast  range of content with unlimited opportunity to engage with other users. For many young people, these interactions are ongoing and frequent, […]

Educational agents and institutions called into action in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention

Introduction: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the 15 to 29 age group worldwide, and is a severe public health problem. Adolescent and young adult individuals attend educational institutions which can play an essential role in detecting and preventing suicide. For this reason, the purpose of this research is to identify what educational […]

Integrated youth services in Canada: A portrait

This report is a portrait of Integrated Youth Services (IYS) as they currently exist in Canada. Commissioned by the Bell-Graham Boeckh Foundation Partnership, it describes IYS as a system of care transforming youth mental health services in Canada and internationally. The report outlines the foundational principles and core components of IYS, its evolution and related […]

Premature mortality in young people accessing early intervention youth mental healthcare: Data-linkage cohort study

Background: Understanding premature mortality risk from suicide and other causes in youth mental health cohorts is essential for delivering effective clinical interventions and secondary prevention strategies. Aims: To establish premature mortality risk in young people accessing early intervention mental health services and identify predictors of mortality. Method: State-wide data registers of emergency departments, hospital admissions […]