Ultra high risk of psychosis on committal to a young offender prison: an unrecognised opportunity for early intervention.
AffiliationNational Forensic Mental Health Service, Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland.
MENTAL AND BEHAVIOURAL DISORDER
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
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CitationUltra high risk of psychosis on committal to a young offender prison: an unrecognised opportunity for early intervention. 2012, 12:100 BMC Psychiatry
AbstractThe ultra high risk state for psychosis has not been studied in young offender populations. Prison populations have higher rates of psychiatric morbidity and substance use disorders. Due to the age profile of young offenders one would expect to find a high prevalence of individuals with pre-psychotic or ultra-high risk mental states for psychosis (UHR). Accordingly young offender institutions offer an opportunity for early interventions which could result in improved long term mental health, social and legal outcomes. In the course of establishing a mental health in-reach service into Ireland's only young offender prison, we sought to estimate unmet mental health needs.