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Dr Jennifer McMahon, Univeristy Limerick, Psychology Matters Day
Mental health is everyone’s business and young people are most at risk of psychological distress and mental disorder. What we term the age of onset of mental health disorder, the years when disorders first emerge, is between 14 and 24. What is key is that mental health problems are treatable and the first step to treatment is seeking out help. Help-seeking is lower in Ireland than in other European countries due to mental health stigma. Best practice is to use peer support and connect young people with one another. In this talk, different ways of connecting with others are outlined, strategies to promote positive mental health are provided and normalising mental health is discussed.