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The need for nuanced stigma-reduction programmes to improve help seeking for mental health problems
  1. Philip J Batterham
  1. Correspondence to The Australian National University, National Institute for Mental Health Research, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia; philip.batterham{at}anu.edu.au

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ABSTRACT FROM: Clement S, Schauman O, Graham T, et al. What is the impact of mental health-related stigma on help-seeking? A systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies. Psychol Med 2015;45:11–27.

What is already known on this topic

Stigma towards individuals with mental illness has been shown to have an association with reduced help seeking attitudes, intentions and behaviours. However, findings on the effects of stigma are variable and depend on factors such as the type of stigma examined, the mental health problem of interest, the help-seeking outcome assessed, the population targeted and the research design. The systematic review by Clement et al aimed to assess the impact of mental illness stigma on help seeking for mental health problems.

Methods of the study

The authors searched Medline, EMBASE, Sociological Abstracts, PsycInfo and CINAHL up to 2011. Three type of studies were included: studies that examined the association between stigma and help seeking, studies that tested stigma as a barrier to help seeking, and studies that examined processes underlying the relationship …

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