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Getting in early: A framework for early intervention and prevention in mental health for young people in New South Wales Volume 12 Issue 5

Kathy Paterson, Judy Jones, Bernadette Dagg, Kym Scanlon, Beverley Raphael

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 12(5) 137 - 137 Published: 2001

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Kathy Paterson

Judy Jones

Bernadette Dagg

Kym Scanlon

Beverley Raphael


Improving the mental health of young people is a priority of the NSW Government. A substantial number of adolescents and young adults have significant mental health problems. Up to 24 per cent of adolescents experience depression by the time they are 18 years old, and young people aged 15–24 years are the group most frequently affected by a first episode of psychosis. These mental health disorders have serious consequences for young people and their families.