How do mental health services impact well-being in young people diagnosed with a first-episode psychosis?

Poster C36, Saturday, October 22, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Le Baron

Shalini Lal1, Michael Ungar2, Ashok Malla3, Carl Leggo4, Melinda Suto4; 1University of Montreal/Centre de Recherche du CHUM/Douglas Mental Health University Institute, 2Dalhousie University, 3McGill University/Douglas Mental Health University Institute, 4University of British Columbia

Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand how mental health and related services support and hinder well-being in young people diagnosed with first-episode psychosis. Methods: Seventeen youth between the ages of 18–24 were recruited and 31 in-depth interviews were conducted. Results: Findings illustrated that informational and meaning making, instrumental, and emotional supports contributed positively to young people's well-being, whereas services with ghettoizing, engulfing, regulating, and out of tune practices were experienced negatively. Conclusion: This study illustrates how various types of service-related practices influence young people's well-being in positive and negative ways and can inform future planning of mental health services for young people.

Topic Area: Service System Development and Reform

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