Year: 2008 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.38, no.2, (April 2008), p.129-142 SIEC No: 20080622

This naturalistic study conducted between 1998-2004 in a random & representative Australian population sample examined the changes in mental health literacy & treatment seeking of those with major depression, both with & without suicide ideation, & those who were neither depressed nor suicidal. Results indicated marked improvement in mental health literacy for all 3 groups, although there was less change for those most in need of intervention. Furthermore, there were fewer changes in appropriate treatment seeking in those with major depression & suicide ideation. It is concluded more focussed suicide prevention initiative are required, specifically for those who are depressed & suicidal. (19 refs.)