Youth Mental Health

From Strüngmann Forum Reports

Youth Mental Health

A Paradigm for Prevention and Early Intervention

Edited by Peter J. Uhlhaas and Stephen J. Wood

Experts discuss the potential of early intervention to transform outcomes for people with mental disorders.





Experts discuss the potential of early intervention to transform outcomes for people with mental disorders.

Mental illness represents one of the largest disease burdens worldwide, yet treatments have been largely ineffective in improving the quality of life for millions of affected individuals—in part because approaches taken have focused on late-stage disorders in adulthood. This volume shifts the focus by placing the developmental stage of “youth” at the center of mental health. The contributors challenge current nosology, explore mechanisms that underlie the emergence of mental disorders, and propose a framework to guide early intervention. Offering recommendations for the future, the book holds that early intervention in youth has the potential to transform outcomes for people with mental disorders and to reconfigure the landscape of mental health.

The contributors discuss epidemiology, classification, and diagnostic issues, including the benefits of clinical staging; the context for emerging mental disorders, including both biological and sociocultural processes; biological mechanisms underlying risk for psychopathology, including aspects of neural circuitry; and developing and implementing prevention and early intervention, including assessment and intervention modalities and knowledge translation in early treatment of schizophrenia.


Nicholas B. Allen, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, G. Paul Amminger, Shelli Avenevoli, Hannah F. Behrendt, Tolulope Bella-Awusah, Maximus Berger, Byron K. Y. Bitanihirwe, Drew Blasco, John D. Cahill, Joanne S. Carpenter, Andrew M. Chanen, Eric Y. H. Chen, Shane D. Colombo, Christoph U. Correll, Christopher G. Davey, Kim Q. Do, Damien A. Fair, Helen L. Fisher, Sophia Frangou, John Gleeson, Robert K. Heinssen, Ian B. Hickie, Frank Iorfino,Matcheri S. Keshavan, Kerstin Konrad, Phuong Thao D. Le, Francis Lee, Leslie D. Leve, Sarah A. Lieff, Cindy H. Liu, Beatriz Luna, Patrick D. McGorry, Urvakhsh Meherwan Mehta, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Shreya V. Nallur, Cristopher Niell, Merete Nordentoft, Dost Öngür, George C. Patton, Tomáš Paus, Ulrich Reininghaus, Bernalyn Ruiz, Fred Sabb, Akira Sawa, Michael Schoenbaum, Gunter Schumann, Elizabeth M. Scott, Jai Shah, Vinod H. Srihari, Ezra Susser, John Torous, Peter J. Uhlhaas, Swapna K. Verma, T. Wilson Woo, Stephen J. Wood, Lawrence H. Yang, Alison R. Yung


$70.00 X ISBN: 9780262043977 344 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 9 b&w illus., 16 halftones


Peter J. Uhlhaas

Peter J. Uhlhaas is Professor for Early Detection and Intervention of Mental Disorders at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,  Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin..

Stephen J. Wood

Stephen J. Wood is Professor of Clinical and Translational Neuroscience at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and at the University of Melbourne's Centre for Youth Mental Health.


  • With 'youth health' as a fresh paradigm for innovative mental health science, the book summarizes best evidence and wise counsel beyond a bio-psycho-social view of early intervention. Interleaving ethical, population, and systems factors, the authors present a compelling case for applied science as a social investment to transcend the constraints of current health care organizations. A must-read.

    Peter B. Jones

    Professor of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge; Past-President IEPA: Early Intervention in Mental Health

  • The authors of this impressive book are a veritable 'who's who' of researchers in the area of youth mental health. Beautifully written and comprehensive, this volume could serve as a core text for those who are studying in this area but is also suitable for nonscientists. A genuine game changer.

    Mary Cannon

    Psychiatrist, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; coauthor of The Mental Health of Young People in Ireland, The Epidemiology of Psychosis, and Journey Through the Brain

  • Over the past three decades, conventional views of mental illness have yielded few novel therapeutics and have done little to shorten the tragically long ten-year gap between onset of illness and treatment. This team of world-renowned scientists uses a hammer forged by recent advances in developmental neuroscience to shatter conventional paradigms and elucidate a path toward new and better interventions.

    Jay N. Giedd

    Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego