Study explores youth preferences in mental health services

Study explores youth preferences in mental health services

Mental illness never discriminates; it can affect anyone, anywhere, irrespective of age, gender, caste, religion, socio-economic status or sexual orientation. The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights that around 450 million people across the globe are victims of mental disorders. It is, in fact, the leading cause of adverse health effects and disability around the world. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one in five people in the United States suffers from a mental illness, youths being no exception.

Treatments for mental illness are available for young and old alike. But what is important today, is to understand the perspective of the patients while designing a mental health treatment plan. Moreover, due feedback should be taken from patients to understand the impact of the treatment on their lives. A study published in the journal Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research in January 2017highlights the impact of mental health treatment on young people.

The study conducted by the University of Montreal’s Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) in alliance with some other universities in Canada provides a window into what young people really think about the mental health services rendered to them and also to find out what hinders and helps their mental health.

Through a series of interview excerpts with the youth, including their interactions with their case managers, psychiatrists, social workers and recreation and housing supports, this study highlighted the impact of mental health services on 17 youth.

Conducted as a part of Shalini Lal ’s Ph.D. work at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC)Faculty of Medicine, the study involved white, Asian, Latin American and First Nation youths between the ages of 18 and 24. While seven of them had less than a high school education, five had finished high school, four went to a university and one had a bachelor’s degree. The group’s average age was 22 years and 71 percent of the participants in the study were males.

What the youth felt about mental health services

The study found that positive interactions with peers and group therapy were particularly helpful in recovery. Kevin and Jake (names changed) felt the peer group helped them realize they had an illness which needed care and the group provided them with a living example of how life could be normal with the right mix of medication and therapy.

What the youth also found to be extremely important was the help provided to them to go back to school and complete their education. The service providers’ empathy, kindness and support also made the youth feel loved and cared for and respected, especially small gestures like shaking hands while meeting.

What the youths did not like were the specialized opportunities that came to them professionally which made them realize they weren’t “normal” like the rest of the world, after all. It served as a constant reminder of their mental illness at every point. Others felt cut off from their friends and family due to the inability to access social media and their smartphones.

Some youths also felt it was difficult to stay sober in an environment which had other youths using addictive substanceslike crack and coke. They felt that these sightings acted as triggers for them when they were trying to abstain and recover. The last hindrance was the youths feeling little or no connect with their temporary supporters, be it the therapists or doctors, it somehow felt a tad bit too mechanical without real connections being made.

Sovereign Health understands youth and their requirements

Sovereign Health understands youth and their problems with substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring conditions. We, take the utmost care to ensure that our patients are kept in a positive environment. Personalized attention, positive interactions with peers and effective group therapies go a long way in helping the youth recover.

With beautiful, landscaped facilities located all across the U.S., our patients do not feel isolated or walled in.Our treks, equine therapy and rock to recovery ensure that the youth do not feel the lack of either physical or creative space.

Sovereign Health takesthe likes and dislikes of the youth into cognizance and providestailor-made inpatient mental healthcare. We even have facilities dedicated to the youth, women and men.

If you or your loved one is struggling with any form of anxiety or mental illness, you can contact Sovereign Health for information on inpatient mental health treatment centers in California. You can call our 24/7helpline number 866-973-7164 for expert advice on finding the best generalized anxiety treatment centers in California. You can also chat online with our experts.

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