Two at a time: Alcohol and other drug use by young people with a mental illness

A peak in the onset of mental illness between the ages of 12 and 25 years coincides with many young people’s first exposure to alcohol and other drugs. Either mental illness or alcohol and other drug issues can lead to or exacerbate the other, and once established, it is difficult to disentangle the two health issues.

This report examines integrating treatments to broaden the reach of services for young people with co-occurring mental ill-health and alcohol and other drug issues, establishing earlier and improved rates of access to eHealth products and services and recommends making existing health clinics friendlier, as young people often find medical clinics unwelcoming and stigmatising.

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