Journal article

Mental Health of Young People in the United States: What Role Can the Internet Play in Reducing Stigma and Promoting Help Seeking?

Jane M Burns, Lauren A Durkin, Jonathan Nicholas

JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

One third of young Americans experience mental health difficulties, often without seeking help. More than 90% use the Internet. Reach Out (www.reachout.com.au), an Australian Internet-based service, is discussed in relation to the role it could play in reducing stigma and increasing help seeking in young Americans aged 16-25 years.

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the young people and mental health professionals who have worked with the Inspire team and given freely of their time to help create the Reach Out Web site; and the Bridgespan Group, The Leading Edge, and the individuals consulted, without whose considerable contribution this study would not have be possible. This study was supported by News Corporation Limited and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Approval to conduct the preliminary research was granted by the institutional review board at the University of Sydney.