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Relationships between anti-stigma programme awareness, disclosure comfort and intended help-seeking regarding a mental health problem

  • Claire Henderson (a1), Emily Robinson (a2), Sara Evans-Lacko (a3) and Graham Thornicroft (a3)
Abstract
Background

Anti-stigma programmes should aim to increase disclosure to those who can support someone with a mental health problem and appropriate professional help-seeking.

Aims

We investigated associations among public awareness of England's Time to Change anti-stigma campaign and: (a) comfort envisaged in disclosing a mental health problem to family and friends; (b) comfort in disclosing to an employer; and (c) intended professional help-seeking from a general practitioner, i.e. a physician working in primary care.

Method

Using data from a survey of a nationally representative sample of adults, we created separate logistic regression models to test for campaign awareness and other variables as predictors of comfort in disclosure and intended help-seeking.

Results

We found positive relationships between campaign awareness and comfort in disclosing to family and friends (odds ratio (OR) = 1.27, 95% CI 1.14–1.43) and to a current or prospective employer (OR = 1.20, 95% CI 1.06–1.35); and likelihood of help-seeking (OR=1.18 95% CI 1.03–1.36).

Conclusions

Awareness of an anti-stigma campaign was associated with greater comfort in disclosing a mental health problem and intended help-seeking.

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This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.
Corresponding author
Claire Henderson, MRCPsych, PhD, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry Health Services and Population Research Department PO29, David Goldberg Centre, King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK. Email: Claire.1.Henderson@kcl.ac.uk
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Declaration of Interest

S.E.-L. and C.H. have received consulting fees from Lundbeck. S.E.-L. currently holds a Starting Grant from the European Research Council. G.T. has received grants for stigma-related research in the past 5 years from the National Institute for Health Research, and has acted as a consultant to the UK Office of the Chief Scientist.

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Relationships between anti-stigma programme awareness, disclosure comfort and intended help-seeking regarding a mental health problem

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