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

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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