On the 5th and 6th October 2010 took place the first MHYO meeting in the city of London. During the first meeting of the MHYO Project , experts and members of the aforementioned European Program, from different health and justice professions, including administrative, third sector and academic sectors, shared their national experiences of mental disorders in minors who conflict with the law.
As a result of this first meeting, the lack of specific training for professionals working in juvenile justice was highlighted, specifically regarding adolescents their evolved development, the promotion of communication skills and empathy with the young person, as well as, the typologies of mental pathologies of minors. The need for training in technical issues within mental health, regarding judicial and legal issues related to competency, responsibility and the rights of minors who conflict with the law, was also highlighted. The need for young delinquents who suffer from mental health problems to receive individual responses was also underlined, and that this response should be coordinated with all agents and organisations involved in the penal process and the rehabilitation of minors, principally those related to general health or therapeutic services, and those involved in the justice system for minors
With financial support from the EU's Daphne III Programme
The European Comparative Analysis and Transfer of Knowledge
on Mental Health Resources for Young Offenders (MHYO)