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Type: Journal article
Title: Have mental health education programs influenced the mental health literacy of those with major depression and suicidal ideation?: a comparison between 1998 and 2008 in South Australia
Author: Chamberlain, P.
Goldney, R.
Taylor, A.
Eckert, K.
Citation: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 2012; 42(5):525-540
Publisher: Guilford Publications Inc
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0363-0234
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Peter N. Chamberlain, Robert D. Goldney, Anne W. Taylor and Kerena A. Eckert
Abstract: Mental health literacy is the knowledge and beliefs about mental disorders that aid their recognition, management, or prevention and is considered to be an important determinant of help-seeking. This has relevance in suicide prevention, as depression, the clinical condition most frequently associated with suicidality, has been the target of community and professional education programs designed to enhance mental health literacy. In this study, whether such programs have influenced help-seeking attitudes and behavior in those who are depressed and suicidal was considered. The results indicate that despite intensive community education programs over the last two decades, there has been little change in those who are depressed and suicidal in terms of their attitudes toward treatment seeking and, more importantly, their treatment-seeking behavior. These results draw into question the value of current community education programs for those most vulnerable to suicidal behavior.
Keywords: Humans
Health Surveys
Logistic Models
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Mental Health
Depressive Disorder, Major
Health Education
Middle Aged
Health Promotion
Health Services
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
South Australia
Health Literacy
Suicidal Ideation
Surveys and Questionnaires
Rights: © 2012 The American Association of Suicidology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2012.00109.x
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