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Hosted by the International Association of Youth Mental Health; The 2nd International Youth Mental Health Conference aims to change the way the global community thinks about young people and their mental health by ensuring that services are developmentally and age appropriate, and that young people have an active voice.

The IAYMH was established in 2012 to assist in advocating and collaborating for the mental health needs of young people across the world.

In recent years, many countries around the globe have witnessed the emergence of the youth mental health movement, a new paradigm that acknowledges the importance of targeted services for youth in the critical age group of 12 – 25 years.

Recent evidence supports the efficacy of early intervention for individuals in this age band. With the right services and support early on, future health problems and onset of symptoms can be minimised.

This shift poses a challenge to the prevalent mental health system, which currently splits the population into two arbitrary groups: children (0-18) and adults (18-65). This model falls short in addressing the emerging health needs of adolescents and young adults.

Founded by leading experts and industry professionals in youth mental health, the IAYMH seeks to unite the world’s passion and interest in this new field of work by providing current information and resources on best practice in youth mental health, while advocating for systems change that meets the needs of this critical age group.

Most importantly, the IAYMH aims to be responsive to young people from across the globe, emphasizing the importance of youth self-determination in achieving their own health needs

Saeed Farooq and colleagues argue in an article recently published in The Lancet Psychiatry that a global fund is urgently needed for the  treatment of  serious mental illness in Low Income and Middle Income Countries,  just like the fund which now exists for HIV and Malaria. They argue that ' We believe that serious mental illness stands today where HIV and AIDS were a couple of decades ago. The case for establishing a similar fund for serious mental illness is compelling in view of the sheer size of the problem, the associated human rights violations, and the need to combat stigma. We challenge countries and multilateral agencies to establish a global mental health fund to provide free treatment for serious mental illness in low-income and middle-income countries.' They provide the evidence for effective interventions which are available and can be implemented at public health level. The treatment package should include free access to essential medicines to treat psychotic disorders and an appropriate psychosocial intervention. At the very least, such a treatment package should be provided during the initial 2–3 years after the onset of psychosis. This would help to prevent substantial disability and possibly higher mortality because untreated illness during this crucial period can result in long-term disability and higher mortality in such contexts.

People in England who have had mental health problems are five times as likely to be admitted to hospital as an emergency as those who have not, a study shows.