(Australia) NSW: 10% of 5-year-olds show signs of mental illness; need to identify early

Nov 15, 2017, (Australia) Sydney Morning Herald: One in 10 five-year-olds show signs of developing mental illness: study finds One in 10 five-year-olds in NSW show early warning signs of developing mental illness later in life, according to a new study that provides a ready-made blueprint for detecting at-risk children. The findings highlight the need for targeted early intervention strategies to better support children, their families and teachers much earlier before actual symptoms emerge in adolescence or early adulthood, the researchers said.... "Those are the [children whom] teachers say are the troublemakers and the parents say they can't control them," she said. Childhood maltreatment was the strongest predictor of the child being in a high-risk group, the researchers found after cross-referencing the AEDC with records from the NSW departments of health, education, justice and child protection.... The children in the pervasive risk group were six times more likel