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Letters Adolescent mental health

Tackling the youth mental health crisis across adolescence and young adulthood

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 06 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3704
  1. Patrick D McGorry, professor of youth mental health,
  2. Cristina Mei, research fellow
  1. Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia
  1. pat.mcgorry{at}

We agree with Gunnell and colleagues on the need for better understanding of risk factors influencing the mental health of adolescents (12-18 years).1 We would like to extend this focus to emerging adults (18-25 years) because the extended period of transition to adulthood is so critical for the development of potentially chronic adult mental disorders.

Three quarters of mental disorders begin …

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