Journal article

Actions that young people can take to prevent depression, anxiety and psychosis: Beliefs of health professionals and young people

Anthony F Jorm, Amy J Morgan, Annemarie Wright



BACKGROUND: Members of the public know about actions they can take to prevent major physical diseases, but there has been less attention to the public's capacity to take action to prevent mental disorders. Since mental disorders often have first onset during youth, young people's beliefs about prevention are of particular relevance. METHODS: Young people's prevention beliefs were assessed by a national telephone survey of 3746 Australian youth aged 12-25 years. To allow a comparison with professional beliefs, postal surveys were carried out with 470 GPs, 591 psychiatrists, 736 psychologists and 522 mental health nurses. Respondents were asked to rate the helpfulness of 9 potential strategies..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Claire Kelly, Robyn Lang lands, Betty Kitchener and Len Kanowski had input into the survey content. Darren Pennay and Graham Challice provided advice on the survey methodology. The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses assisted with the sampling of professionals. Funding was provided by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Colonial Foundation and "beyondblue: the national depression initiative".