The Need

The crucial need for accessible services adapted for youth arises from the fact that 75% of mental disorders manifest between the ages of 12 and 25, precisely when access to healthcare services, especially mental health services, is most limited. This limitation is a result of various barriers to seeking help, including stigma, insufficient awareness about mental health, limited availability, and high costs. Additionally, the existing system and frameworks often prove inadequate for addressing the unique needs of young individuals.

Research indicates that 66% of young people and 60% of parents refrain from seeking professional help when experiencing distress. Alarmingly, the average time for treatment referral from the onset of the issue is 10 years. The decline in mental health during youth is strongly correlated with numerous health and developmental risks, including low academic achievement, involvement in violence, substance use, and overall health deterioration, leading to long-term consequences. Studies emphasize that emotional disorders often progress gradually, and without appropriate therapeutic intervention, they can escalate into a full-blown crisis.

Recognizing the interconnected societal, physical, and psychological factors affecting youth and young adults, headspace strives to intervene in the early stages of crisis, offering support even before individuals reach the threshold for psychiatric diagnosis. The goal is to deliver evidence-based, personalized therapeutic intervention tailored to the unique needs of these individuals.