Mental Illness And Its Impact On Youth Essay

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Mental illness and its impact on youth in New Zealand Report by David Mcauley Image one: Contents Page: Introduction.…………...................................................page 3 Definition.…………………………………………………….....page 3 History and Statistics……………………………………….page 5 Legislation and Policies……………………………………page 7 Impacts on Young New Zealanders…………………..page 9 In Practice………………………………………………………..page 12 Reflection…………………………………………………………page 14 Image two: Introduction This report will first define what mental illness is, the distinctive characteristics that this illness places on this diverse population and the various impacts that mental illness has had on young New Zealanders, aged 12 – 18, their families and society. This report will also look at historical evidence of mental illness within New Zealand and relevant statistics and the resulting legislation and policies that look to improve the mental health of all New Zealanders. Lastly I will integrate a social work model to work with young clients with mental illness, whilst looking at the impacts from an ecological and systems theory lens. I will then reflect on my own beliefs around mental illness. Information in this report was gathered both quantitatively, by way of hard, measureable evidence sourced from various statistics and surveys, and qualitatively, through my interview with Dr. Ian Baker who is employed by the Hawkes Bay District Health Board and works directly with young
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