Innovations in Practice: Grow2Grow – engaging hard-to-reach adolescents through combined mental health and vocational support outside the clinic setting

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Abstract

Background:

Based on an organic farm and education centre, Grow2Grow offers young people with complex mental health needs both clinical mental health support and vocational opportunities.

Methods:

Change in functioning (CGAS), vocational outcomes and client satisfaction were assessed for all young people completing Grow2Grow placements between June 2010 and July 2014.

Results:

Twenty-one young people completed Grow2Grow placements, achieving increased CGAS scores (p < .001) and reporting high levels of satisfaction with the project. Eighty-one per cent achieved educational and/or employment outcomes.

Conclusion:

This innovative approach to working with hard-to-reach young people is achieving high levels of engagement and positive vocational and mental health outcomes.

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