Mental illness This section examines the help-seeking behaviour of young people affected by mental health conditions and offers a set of programming approaches For addressing the mental-health conditions of youth in all aspects of their life. Traditionally, services for young people suffering from mental-health conditions have been grossly inadequate. Moreover, when these services are available, the rates of service utilization by youth with mental-health conditions have been low. The fear of social exclusion and stigmatization prevents young people from seeking help and utilizing services. The section concludes that interventions which support youth in all aspects of their life – family, school, place of work, and community – are vital for addressing mental-health conditions in young people.
Despite the high prevalence of Mental illness conditions and the preponderance of risk factors for these problems among children and adolescents, mental-health services for this population are often insufficient or go under-utilized (Blanco and others, 2008; Eisenberg, Hunt, and Speer, 2012; Leaf and others, 1996; Zwaanswijk and others, 2003). For example,a study of a nationally-representative sample of college students in the United States found that, among those who had had a mental condition diagnosed within the past year, only 18 per cent had obtained some kind of mental-health service (Blanco and others, 2008). In another study, less than 50% of students who had suicidal ideation in the past year had received any mental-health treatment (Drum, and others, 2009). In a survey of over 13,000 students in the Healthy Minds project, only 36 per cent of those with a mental-health problem had received services within the past year and, among those, half did not even receive what is considered to be minimally-adequate treatment (Eisenberg and others, 2011; Eisenberg, Hunt and Speer, 2012). The problem extends