Assessing Depression-Related Mental Health Literacy among Young Adults

Marcia M. Zorrilla, Naomi Modeste, Peter C. Gleason, Diadrey-Anne Sealy, Jim E. Banta, Sang Leng Trieu
2019 Californian Journal of Health Promotion  
and Purpose: Young adults who are 18 to 25 years old have the highest prevalence of depression (10.9%). Depression is a risk factor for suicide. Mental health literacy (MHL) is a key component in assessing recognition and help-seeking for depression with suicidal ideation. This study investigated MHL as it relates to help-seeking for depression with suicidal ideation. Methods: A crosssectional survey design was used. Participants were young adults (n= 430, ages 18 to 24 years old) who lived,
more » ... ked, and/or attended school in San Francisco, California. Reavley and colleagues' MHL survey was modified and made available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Results: Several background factors were positively, though weakly, correlated to MHL, based on the r coefficient. Significant factors were: being female [r=.12, p
doi:10.32398/cjhp.v17i1.2225 fatcat:xrn6xiojw5gjdn4onrmtnpvqky