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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


ASIEL RODRIGUEZ, Ángeles; GARCIA-GIL, María del Mar; FREUND LLOVERA, Namdev  and  FERNANDEZ LIRIA, Alberto. A program to provide early detection of mental disorders in school setting: learning from a pilot project. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2013, vol.33, n.119, pp.537-554. ISSN 2340-2733.

The early symptoms of severe mental disorders appear in adolescence and youth. Adolescence is a critical time for the biopsychosocial development of an individual. The possibility of early detection of mental disorders and the identification of individuals at high risk of psychosis, could lessen the impact of the disease on the psychosocial development of adolescents. A major limitation of early intervention in adolescents and young adults with a severe mental disorder is that there are no direct referral pathways between colleges and Mental Health Network. Our main goal was to evaluate a specific training program for detection of individuals at high risk of psychosis and severe mental disorders in 7 colleges of Alcala de Henares. The questionnaires designed for mental health professionals were used to assess the level of knowledge of teachers before and after training workshops. Higher education teachers have adequate knowledge about psychosis. The provision of a bypass system, fast and direct, between colleges and community mental health centers facilitates the detection of severe mental disorders. Although teacher knowledge about psychosis, there are difficulties in detecting individuals at high risk of psychosis. The data obtained suggest that teachers have little or no stigma, however, social stigma, family stigma and personal stigma, limited early intervention strategies.

Keywords : Adolescent Health; immigrants; alcohol drinking; tobacco; gender identity.

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