Identifying brain mechanisms associated with suicidal behaviours through the HOPES consortium

Early intervention in mental health
By Dr. Lianne Schmaal. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally. More young people die by suicide than from cancer, cardiovascular diseases, AIDS, birth defects, respiratory infections and diseases, and interpersonal violence. Little is known about factors that make youth vulnerable to suicide. The HOPES team (Help Overcome and Prevent the Emergence of Suicide) is a new collaboration between the universities of Cambridge, Melbourne, Yale, Harvard and Oregon,...
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AVATAR therapy for early treatment of auditory hallucinations

By Professor Tom Craig and Dr Mar Rus-Calafell. A new study just published in Lancet Psychiatry details results from “AVATAR therapy”. AVATAR therapy is a new virtual-reality based therapy for auditory hallucinations that may provide a promising future method to reduce the frequency and severity of auditory hallucinations early. Many people with psychosis experience auditory verbal hallucinations (voices). These are usually very threatening and frightening and may continue despite treatmen...
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A new IDEA for identifying depression early in adolescence

By Dr. Valeria Mondelli. Improving young people’s mental health across the world is the aim and vision of a new project launched by a team of experienced researchers earlier this year. IDEA - Identifying Depression Early In Adolescence – started from very simple but important observations: every young person around the world deserves quick and easy access to mental health care, but nine out of 10 adolescents with depression live in a country without readily available youth mental health se...
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Ensuring Inclusive Early Intervention for LGBTQ+ youth

By Fae Johnstone, Social Work Student, Carleton University.   Fae Johnstone (referred to as she or they) is a queer nonbinary young person with a passion for youth engagement, mental health, and anti-oppression. Recently, they delivered a keynote address on Queer and Trans Inclusion in Youth Mental Health at the International Association for Youth Mental Health Conference: Future-Proofing Youth Mental Health. Following the conference, IEPA asked Fae to share some “take home message...
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Pioneering new interdisciplinary approaches in Birmingham

By Matthew Broome. Matthew Broome is Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health, and Director of the newly-established Institute for Mental Health at the University of Birmingham. Here, Professor Broome describes the Institute’s interdisciplinary approach, with a focus on youth mental health and early intervention. The University of Birmingham has a very strong history of mental health research and innovation, with the West Midlands being one of the leaders in Early Intervention i...
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Personal stories of psychosis from MAPNET

psychosis from MAPNET
By Larry Seidman. Unexpectedly and far too young, Larry died on September 7th, 2017. His scientific, clinical and humanitarian legacy is enormous; it is no surprise Larry laid firm foundations for an important and exciting conference in Boston, October 7-10, 2018. Before his passing, Larry wrote this reflection on the Second Annual Massachusetts Mental Health Center Conference, highlighting the role of USA's growing national effort to develop evidence-based first episode psychosis service...
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Google’s new role in Early Intervention

By Sarah Hetrick. Depressive disorders affect up to 25% of young people by the age of 18 and account for the greatest global burden of disease in young people[1]. Despite this, many young people do not seek help.  It’s true that in Australia we have seen an increased focus on youth mental health [2-4]. We have also seen a doubling in the rate at which young people seek mental health treatment [5, 6]. Nevertheless, there are still large numbers of young people who are not receiving any treatme...
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Is early intervention research stuck in its psychosis prediction paradigm?

By Peter B. Jones, IEPA President. As President, my aim is to grow our organisation, IEPA Early Intervention in Mental Health, in four ways. These are reflected in our name and include: Broadening our influence on mental health beyond psychosis Making IEPA even more international Strengthening the contribution of consumers to our evidence-based approach Improving our communication and reach In this post, I address how we might broaden the influence of early intervention, look...
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First Latin-American Symposium on Prevention in Psychiatry

First Latin-American Symposium on Prevention in Psychiatry
By Ary Gadelha and Rodrigo Bressan. The first Latin-American Symposium on Prevention in Psychiatry is on 22-23 Sept in São Paulo, Brazil. This is the first symposium in Latin America focused on early intervention and prevention in psychiatry. The conference will be an important opportunity to put together researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and patients from several countries in Latin America and abroad. The opening session will be conducted by Dr. Lucia Valmaggia, elected President...
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Dr. Larry Seidman

It is with great sadness that we learned of the sudden and unexpected death on September 7th, 2017 of Dr. Larry Seidman. Dr. Seidman was an internationally distinguished researcher in the developmental and clinical neuropsychology of schizophrenia, along side his deep commitment to patients and humanitarian affairs. As Chair of the 11th IEPA International Conference, 'Broadening the Scope', to be held in Boston in October 2018, Dr. Seidman brought his characteristic energy, thoughtfulness and...
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