Spencer Smith


adolescents, mental health, early intervention, mental health education, stigma


The increasing rates of mental illness in the world is becoming an issue that has been ignored for too long. Stigma and ableism, “discrimination against individuals with disabilities or the tendency to be prejudiced against and to stereotype them negatively,” are contributing factors to the delay of seeking mental health treatment and worse prognosis (VandenBos & American Psychological Association, 2007). Preventing mental illness in youth requires changes in education. By increasing education at school, from parents, and understanding personal responsibility, it may be possible to prevent or mitigate mental illness development. Though there seems to be no one best practice for prevention, this multi-faceted approach can be adaptable to each individual circumstance to greatly increase the efficacy of early intervention and prevention therapies.

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