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Brain Sci. 2017, 7(10), 126; doi:10.3390/brainsci7100126

Child Community Mental Health Services in Asia Pacific and Singapore’s REACH Model

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore 539747, Singapore
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Received: 31 July 2017 / Revised: 26 September 2017 / Accepted: 27 September 2017 / Published: 6 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mental Illness in Children)
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In recent decades, there have been concerted efforts to improve mental health services for youths alongside the challenges of rising healthcare costs and increasing demand for mental health needs. One important phenomenon is the shift from traditional clinic-based care to community-based mental health services to improve accessibility to services and provide patient-centred care. In this article, we discuss the child and adolescent community mental health efforts within the Asia-Pacific region. We also discuss Singapore’s community and school-based mental health service, known as the Response, Early Intervention and Assessment in Community Mental Health (REACH). This article discusses how REACH has evolved over the years in response to the changing needs of youths in Singapore. Finally, we discuss the current challenges and future directions for youth mental health care. View Full-Text
Keywords: child psychiatry; community mental health; school-based mental health; mental health service child psychiatry; community mental health; school-based mental health; mental health service
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Lim, C.G.; Loh, H.; Renjan, V.; Tan, J.; Fung, D. Child Community Mental Health Services in Asia Pacific and Singapore’s REACH Model. Brain Sci. 2017, 7, 126.

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