Although stronger discriminative intentions can reduce the use of mental health services our data suggests that this does not necessarily prevent professional service use if depression is serious and views about antidepressant medication are realistic.
One important target in public health campaigns should be to improve people's knowledge about anti-depressant medication. The beliefs about plentiful side effects and a high risk of becoming addicted to antidepressants needs clarification in people's minds, because those ideas may have a connection with professional help seeking. The impact of addressing these topics in public campaigns should be evaluated in future research.
We wish to thank Kjell Herberts for his assistance with the study. Mark Phillips did an excellent job with language revision. This research was funded by the Medical Research Fund of the Vaasa Hospital District and the Competitive Research Funding of the Pirkanmaa Hospital District.
All authors have read and approved the final manuscript. EA conceived the study, performed the statistical analysis and drafted the manuscript. AT revised the statistical analysis. JT and KW were involved in critically revising the manuscript for important intellectual content and data acquisition.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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