Together with our partners, researchers at Embrace want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people who experience mental health challenges.
Half of all mental illness begins before the age of 14 with most cases going undetected or untreated. And 75% of people who have mental illness develop symptoms before they turn 25. And in Western Australia alone, suicide is the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24 years.
Childhood and young adulthood therefore present the greatest opportunity for prevention and early intervention for mental health concerns.
For children and young people to achieve their best possible mental health Embrace aims to:
Identify the origins and causes of mental health difficulties in children and young people.
Develop and test new interventions for children and young people with mental health difficulties.
Facilitate effective and efficient translation of findings into clinical practice and policy.
Embrace operates under the following principles:
Embrace aims to provide objective, evidence-based research findings and prospective concepts of the highest quality to inform and influence clinical practice and care.
Embrace will strive to consolidate and develop working relationships and partnerships with researchers, clinicians, service providers, policy makers and community members.
Embrace values the experiences of children, young people, families, service providers and community stakeholders and use those views to inform our work.
Embrace researchers are leaders in child, youth and family community consultation.
Embrace seeks to build capacity in the field of child and youth mental health research.
Embrace will attract high calibre students and researchers nationally and internationally.