Personal Stigma and Use of Mental Health Services Among People with Depression in a General Population in Finland

Esa Aromaa; Asko Tolvanen; Jyrki Tuulari; Kristian Wahlbeck


BMC Psychiatry. 2011;11 

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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.