Physical challenge

Wider health impacts for young people with a mental illness

The window of highest onset of mental illness is between the ages of 12 and 25 years. The onset of mental illness brings with it greater risks of poorer physical health outcomes, including sexual and oral health. Despite the increased need to provide holistic health service following the onset of a mental illness, this illness often becomes the single focus, to the detriment of a young person’s physical and sexual health.

This comprehensive policy report looks at the interplay between mental health and physical health and looks at ways to improve evidence-based holistic care for young people.

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