Attitudes of people working in mental health non-governmental organisations in Australia: a comparison with other mental health professionals

Grenville Rose*, Courtney von Hippel, Loren Brener, Bill von Hippel

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Abstract

Research suggests that stigma impacts help-seeking behaviour and health outcomes for people affected by mental illness. This study compared the attitudes of Australian non-governmental organisation support workers towards people with mental illness with those of other health professionals. Three hundred and seventy four support workers were randomly allocated to answer questions about one of the six vignettes. Results indicated that non-governmental organisation support workers held more positive attitudes towards people with mental illness than those of general practitioners, psychiatrists and psychologists measured in prior research. These results suggest that non-governmental organisations may be a more positive and comfortable entry and referral point for mental health clients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalHealth psychology open
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • allied health professional
  • health professionals
  • help-seeking behaviour
  • inclusion
  • mental health
  • non-governmental organisations
  • social stigma

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