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ISRN Public HealthVolume 2012 2012, Article ID 973850, 5 pages

Research Article

The Winnicott Centre, Manchester M13 0JE, UK

Emerge 16-17 CMHT, Powerhouse, Manchester M14 0ST, UK

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child and Family Service, Tree House Children’s Centre, Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport SK2 7JE, UK

Central Manchester University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust, M 13 QWL, UK

Received 4 April 2012; Accepted 23 May 2012

Academic Editors: A. Bramesfeld, A. R. Mawson, C. Rissel, and A. Rosano

Copyright © 2012 Ruth Marshall et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Studies have indicated possible links between substance use disorder and other psychiatric disorders and suggested a high prevalence of unmet mental health needs amongst those with substance use disorders compared to the general population. Method. The study investigated the mental health needs of adolescents attending a substance misuse service. Mental health needs were assessed using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, the Conners screen for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and a brief measure ascertaining demographics, drug use, and the service required by young people. Results. Young people were found to have higher than normal rates of mental health problems; this was not reflected in referral rates from the service. Conclusion. The findings are relevant to both commissioners and service providers. There is a need for integration between mental health services and those working with young substance users to provide a model of care that caters for dual diagnosis. Furthermore, offering mental health training to teams working with drug-using young people is recommended.

Author: Ruth Marshall, Louise Theodosiou, Prashant Bhat, Anita Ghosh, and Jade Ark



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