The aim of this study is to identify factors that stopped, discouraged or delayed mental health help-seeking in adolescents. An Online survey of 113 adolescents aged 14–18 years old, living in Perth, Western Australia, was conducted. For participants who had not yet accessed a mental health service, the top barrier was ‘Having no-one who could help me get professional care’ (62%). For participants who had previously accessed a mental health service, the top barrier was ‘Previous experiences with a mental health service were not helpful’ (63%). Major reported barriers in this population included financial costs, negative past experiences and having no one to help access professional care.
|Journal||International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 10 Oct 2019|