Chronic physical health issues and poor mental health linked

Date published:
13 Oct 2016

A troubling link has been highlighted between chronic physical illnesses, like asthma or diabetes, and an increased risk of developing mental health problems in children and young people in a statement issued today by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

In light of this, this mental health week, the RACP is calling on the health sector to come together and develop more efficient, integrated and responsive models of care for children and young people with developmental, behavioural or mental health problems.

The RACP Paediatrics & Child Health Division President Dr Sarah Dalton said she has grave concerns that only a minority of children and young people are getting the care they need. 

To read the statement in full click here.

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