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"Nobody really gets it”: A qualitative exploration of youth mental health in deprived urban areas

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posted on 2015-07-09, 13:07 authored by Elizabeth Schaffalitzky, Dorothy Leahy, Claire Armstrong, Blanaid Gavin, Linda Latham, Fiona McNicholas, Ray O'Connor, Thomas P. O'Toole, Bobby P. Smyth, Walter Cullen
Aim: To explore and describe the experience of mental health and addiction for young people living in urban deprived areas in Ireland. Method: Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with 20 young adults attending health and social care agencies in two deprived urban areas, and analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Five main themes were identified: experiencing symptoms, symptom progression, delay accessing help, loss of control/crisis point, and consequences of mental health and substance use issues. As young people delayed help, symptoms disrupted normal life progression and they found themselves unable to engage in every-day activities. Living in deprivation made it harder to avoid developing problems: many had added stressors, less familial support and early exposure to violence, addiction and bereavement. Conclusion: Young people in urban deprived areas are vulnerable to mental health and addiction issues. Early identification is necessary to halt this progression to improve their chances of achieving their potential.

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Development of a structure identification methodology for nonlinear dynamic systems

National Research Foundation

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Early Intervention in Psychiatry;23rd June, 2014

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Wiley

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peer-reviewed

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This is the author's version of the following article:The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eip.12165

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English

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