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The Mental Health of Young People in Ireland: A Report of the Psychiatric Epidemology Research across the Lifespan (PERL) Group

Creator:

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Subject Keywords: One in Five Young People in Ireland is Experiencing a Mental Disorder
Topic: Mental Health
Health Inequalities
Health Inequalities
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

According to research published by RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) today, one in five young Irish adults aged 19-24 and one in 6 young people aged 11-13 were experiencing mental disorder at the time they took part in two HRB-funded studies on mental disorders among Irish youth. The research also found that experiencing mental ill-health in early life places young people at increased risk of further episodes of mental ill-health during their adult years.

‘The Mental Health Of Young People in Ireland' report prepared by the RCSI Psychiatric Epidemiology Research across the Lifespan (PERL) Group was launched today by Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health and provides valuable, clinically-validated, data on the rates of mental disorder among Irish youth and factors contributing to mental-health. This is the first time such comprehensive, longitudinal data about mental health disorders among young people in Ireland have been published.

The PERL Group research findings combine two research studies carried out with young people in Ireland - the Adolescent Brain Development Study and the Challenging Times Two Study. The research, involved surveying and interviewing more than 400 young people between the ages of 11 and 24 to assess them for the presence of mental disorders and to examine their overall level of functioning.

Date:

11/10/2013

Rights: © RCSI
Suggested citation:

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). (2013) The Mental Health of Young People in Ireland: A Report of the Psychiatric Epidemology Research across the Lifespan (PERL) Group [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/617625 [Accessed: 20th October 2019].

  

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