An integrated mental health and vocational intervention: A longitudinal study on mental health changes among young adults

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Aim: This study aimed to investigate changes in mental health among young adults participating in an integrated mental health and vocational support intervention according to the Södertälje Supported Employment and Education model. Design: A prospective longitudinal pre–post intervention study of 12 months. Methods: Instruments on depressive symptoms, quality of life, empowerment, engagement in activities and sociodemographic characteristics were administered to 42 young adults aged 19–28 years with mood disorders. Wilcoxon signed rank tests were used to assess changes in mental health. Results: Statistically significant positive changes between baseline and 12 months were noted for quality of life and engagement in activities. Difference in empowerment scores neared significance and a statistical trend towards lower depression scores was seen, corresponding to moderate depression at baseline and less severe depression at 12 months. Conclusions: Integrated mental health and vocational services may support young adults' mental health and is suggested to be linked to their personal recovery and clinical recovery.

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  • Nursing
  • Psychiatry

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  • bipolar disorder, community integration, major depressive disorder, psychiatric rehabilitation, recovery, vocational rehabilitation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1755-1765
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Open
Volume7
Issue number6
Early online date2020 Jul 9
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes