Improving awareness and help seeking for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in ethnic minority youth [post]

Gazal Jones, Amita Jassi, Kike Thomas-Smith
2020 unpublished
Background: Inequalities in access, and use of, mental health services by ethnic minorities have been consistently reported for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Mental health promotion may improve knowledge and help seeking. The present study trialled two methods of mental health promotion interventions for ethnic minority youth with OCD.Methods: Community organisations within an ethnically diverse area of London UK, were contacted; information stalls and teaching events on OCD were
more » ... on OCD were delivered as interventions. Participants completed questionnaires before and after the information stalls and teaching events. The questionnaires assessed knowledge of OCD, knowledge of identifying OCD in ethnic minorities and perceived help seeking. Participant questionnaire data collected through information stalls (N = 240) consisted predominantly of youth aged 18 years and under (51.2%) and of Black (39.0%) ethnicity. Participant questionnaire data collected at teaching events (N = 350) consisted predominantly of school staff (51.1%) where student ethnicity representation within the schools was 29.9% White, 34% Black, 13.5% South East Asian or Asian and 16.6% Mixed.Results: There were significant increases in knowledge of OCD, perceived help seeking or knowing how to seek help ratings pre to post information stalls and teaching events. Participants also rated their knowledge of identifying OCD in ethnic minority youth as higher after teaching events.Conclusions: Information stalls and teaching events may be useful in mental health promotion interventions in ethnic minority youth with OCD. Further research is needed to determine whether increase in knowledge and perceived help seeking led to increased referrals to mental health services.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:qyrcgvlczvhlnku2cx7unbcbjq