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[Editorial] Making the most out of crisis: child and adolescent mental health in the emergency department

Mental illness continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing practitioners and health systems around the world. Because mental illness often presents during adolescence and young adulthood, it can have profound implications for a person’s wellbeing across their lifespan. In a striking example, estimates from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013) reveal that the second most common cause of death for young people aged 10–24 years is self-harm (males 7·8%; females 7·4%). It is a poignant reminder that, unchecked, the volatility of mental illness is a powerful, life-shortening threat.