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International declaration of youth mental health launched

Friday, October 14 2011, The Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) hosted a major national research conference in Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons. This conference marked the launch of the International Declaration on Youth Mental Health.’s own Derek Chambers presented at the event, helped by our volunteers who assisted in the planning and running of the day.

The declaration

The International Declaration on youth mental health is that every young person with mental health problems gets the help they need, when and where they require it. We are delighted to have contributed to this declaration, which highlights the importance of changing how we think about youth mental health.

Creating a vision

The declaration evolved from the Youth Mental Health Summit in Killarney in 2010. The Summit provided a forum for 80 young people, family members, clinicians, researchers and policy makers to share practice innovation and research in the field of youth mental health. It enabled them to discuss and debate the content of the declaration.

What it means for youth mental health

The declaration articulates core principles and targets for youth mental health services and provisions. It aims to influence how people think about and respond to young people’s mental health needs. It will be used to leverage support for the development of timely and appropriate youth mental health services internationally. is very proud to be involved in the development of this visionary declaration.

Read a summary of the declaration (276.78 KB) or the full declaration (624.99 KB) in .pdf

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