Comprendre et renforcer le rôle des familles afin d'améliorer la santé mentale des jeunes

 

Srividya Iyer

Université McGill

 

Domaine : neurosciences, santé mentale et toxicomanies

Programme chercheurs-boursiers cliniciens - Junior 1

Concours 2015-2016

Most Canadian youth needing mental healthcare face the problems of delayed detection, poor access and unengaging or poor-quality care. My research program therefore seeks to create and use pertinent knowledge to promote earlier detection and timelier, more effective care. Among young people, it is often families who notice the need for, seek and play a supportive role in mental healthcare. I therefore focus on the family's role. Doing so also helps address important knowledge gaps about the positive aspects, modes, processes, experiences and impacts of family involvement in youth mental healthcare, few of which have been studied in enough detail.

My program involves the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP), a leading specialized early intervention program for psychosis and ACCESS, a multi-stakeholder pan-Canadian youth mental health service transformation network. My leadership role in designing and managing both these initiatives gives me the resources, experience, expertise and influence required for my proposed research program.

My overall research objective is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of families in help-seeking and sustaining and restoring youth mental health, and to translate this understanding into improved outcomes for youth and their families.

Because my quest is one for detail and depth, I will use a combination of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research and examine issues from multiple perspectives including those of young service users, families and clinicians.

My proposed program will significantly advance youth mental health research by clarifying the role of families and by broadening the range of dimensions, methods and perspectives assessed. My findings will influence the design of family interventions and suggest strategies to improve youth mental health outcomes. They will also inform and help sustain and expand Canada's nascent effort to positively transform youth mental healthcare.