Factors associated with use of mental health services for depressed and/or suicidal youth aged 15-24

Amy Cheung, Carolyn S Dewa, John Cairney, Scott Veldhuizen, Ayal Schaffer

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Abstract

Using data from a national survey, this study examined different factors and their association with mental health service use in youth aged 15-24 with depression and/or suicidality. Our sample consisted of 1,252 youth with depression and/or suicidality. In youth aged 15-18 years old, two factors influenced service use: (1) co-occurrence of depression and suicidality (OR 3.23, 95% CI 1.43, 7.32) and (2) chronic health condition (OR 2.44, 95% CI 1.22, 4.84). Several factors were associated with service use in youth aged 19-24 including gender (female) (OR 1.77, 95% CI 1.14, 2.76), and low income (OR 1.89, 95% CI 1.11, 3.23). The findings suggest differences in the factors associated with mental health service use between youth aged 15-18 and 19-24 with depression and/or suicidality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-306
Number of pages7
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Depression
  • Mental health
  • Service use
  • Suicidality

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health(social science)

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Factors associated with use of mental health services for depressed and/or suicidal youth aged 15-24. / Cheung, Amy; Dewa, Carolyn S; Cairney, John; Veldhuizen, Scott; Schaffer, Ayal.

In: Community Mental Health Journal, Vol. 45, No. 4, 08.2009, p. 300-306.

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Cheung, Amy ; Dewa, Carolyn S ; Cairney, John ; Veldhuizen, Scott ; Schaffer, Ayal. / Factors associated with use of mental health services for depressed and/or suicidal youth aged 15-24. In: Community Mental Health Journal. 2009 ; Vol. 45, No. 4. pp. 300-306.
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