Date of Award

Spring 4-27-2021

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Department

Counselor Education

First Advisor

Mary Fawcett, Ph.D

City

Stevens Point

Abstract

Mental health stigma has been shown to be a barrier to seeking help for mental health concerns. This is especially true for adolescents due to important developmental characteristics. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) (2021), depression is one of the major causes of mental health concerns and disability among adolescents. In addition, the WHO (2021) also states that mental health conditions account for 16% of global burden of illness in people ages 10-19-years-old. The current pandemic has only increased these concerns, as social, emotional, and mental well-being has been impacted by the pandemic (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, 2021). It is crucial to target adolescents through mental health stigma interventions to increase help-seeking behaviors. The present article investigates the literature on mental health stigma with adolescents, the connection with help-seeking behaviors, and the impact of an online intervention on mental health stigma and help seeking behaviors.

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