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In Conversation with Patrick McGorry AO and Ian Manion: Future direction fo...

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Mental ill health is the number one health issue facing young people worldwide. It is the leading cause of disability in those aged between 10 and 24 years, contributing 45% of the overall burden of disease. Most mental illnesses emerge in adolescence and early adulthood, with this period being the critical time for interventions and support for young people facing difficult times. There is a powerful social and economic case for additional efforts to improve youth mental health service provision across all countries.

Join Prof Patrick McGorry AO (Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Australia) and Dr Ian Manion (Director of Youth Mental Health Research at the Institute for Mental Health Research, Ontario, Canada), both passionate and engaging advocates, in a conversation about the future of youth mental health in Australia and internationally. Prof Shitij Kapur (Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne) will act as our host for what promises to be a thought provoking public event.

Prof McGorry and Dr Manion will also take questions from the floor.

Professor Patrick McGorry AO

Professor Patrick McGorry is the Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, and a Director of the Board of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace). He is a world-leading researcher in the area of early psychosis and youth mental health, and has a strong interest in promoting the mental health of the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers.

Dr Ian Manion

Dr. Manion is a clinical psychologist and scientist-practitioner who has worked with children, youth and families for over 30 years. Currently he is the Director of Youth Mental Health Research at the Institute for Mental Health Research. Dr. Manion is actively involved in research on mental health promotion, youth depression and suicide. He has a particular interest in systems research and how services are organized to best meet the mental health needs of youth. He is a committed advocate for child and youth mental health sitting on local, provincial, national and international boards and committees.

Professor Shitij Kapur

Professor Shitij Kapur, FRCPC, PhD, FMedSci, is the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health) at The University of Melbourne. Shitij is a clinician-scientist with expertise in psychiatry, neuroscience and brain imaging. Professor Kapur’s main research interest is in understanding Schizophrenia and its treatment and he is now working on how ‘biomarkers’ might be best incorporated into psychiatric care and drug development.

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