Stigma in school-based mental health: perceptions of young people and service providers
Version of Record online: 19 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2012 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Special Issue: Focus on child and adolescent mental health in schools
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 165–170, September 2013
How to Cite
Bowers, H., Manion, I., Papadopoulos, D. and Gauvreau, E. (2013), Stigma in school-based mental health: perceptions of young people and service providers. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18: 165–170. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00673.x
- Issue online: 22 AUG 2013
- Version of Record online: 19 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 MAY 2012
- Mental Health Commission of Canada
- Canadian School-Based Mental Health and Substance Abuse Consortium
- Young people;
- service providers;
- mental health
Mental health affects one in five young people, with the majority avoiding help due to stigma. In this study, young people's (n = 49) perception of stigma as a barrier to accessing school-based mental health services was compared with that of service providers (n = 63), along with the perceived extent of mental health problems and availability of school-based mental health resources.
Participants completed a survey or interview. EBSCO and PubMed databases were used for the duration of this study, from August 2010 to September 2011.
A greater proportion of young people versus providers reported stigma as the largest barrier to accessing mental health services. In addition, most young people reported that school-based mental health resources were scarce.
These results emphasize the need for young people's involvement in mental health initiatives.