Pathway Through Mental Health Care: The Complete and Comprehensive School Approach

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2017/06/15 17:46

Approximately 70% of mental illnesses can be diagnosed before age 25, which makes adolescence a critical time for mental health promotion, and the prevention, early identification, and effective treatment of mental disorders. Canadian teenagers spend a great deal of time in school each week, which makes schools an ideal location for recognizing and addressing the mental health needs of youth. More young people can be reached through schools than in any other method of service delivery.

At present, schools and healthcare exist as separate systems, making it difficult to coordinate needed enhancements in mental health literacy and provide better access to effective care for young people. The Pathway Through Care model proposes a simple, innovative method for integrating education and healthcare opportunities that would result in youth, teachers, families, student service providers, primary care providers, and even mental health professionals becoming more mental health literate while concurrently establishing better access to effective mental health care for those youth who need it.

Many teenagers with mental health care needs are falling through the cracks of existing systems and waiting too long for treatment. It’s essential we find new ways of identifying these youth and helping them rapidly access effective treatment early. It is also essential that we not create demand for mental health care for young people who do not need it. The Pathway Through Care model presents an evidence-based method for accomplishing this goal by helping increase the mental health literacy and help-seeking ability of teenagers and their teachers as well as linking healthcare systems to schools.

Click here to download Dr. Kutcher's presentation slides.

tmh-005.jpgDr. Stan Kutcher ONS, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and Director World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Mental Health Policy and Training. Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre 

Dr. Kutcher is an internationally renowned expert in adolescent mental health and a national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and services innovation working at the IWK Health Center and Dalhousie University. He has received numerous awards and honors locally, nationally and internationally for his work, including the Order of Nova Scotia. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  Internationally he has been involved in mental health work in over 20 countries.  One of his recent projects was leading the development of a national child and youth mental health framework for Canada: Evergreen. Currently his focus is on knowledge translation, improving mental health literacy and mental health care in schools and primary care as well as an electronic youth mental health management tool for primary care.  He continues his innovative youth mental health work across Canada, and globally – including the North America, Asia, South America, Europe, Latin America and Africa.

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Created by Ann Watkins on 2017/05/15 20:46