Addressing mental health stigma among young adolescents: Evaluation of a youth-led approach.
Bulanda, J.~~Bruhn, C.~~et al.
Stigma around mental illness puts adolescents at risk for not seeking help for themselves or helping peers dealing with mental distress. This program evaluation looks at a youth-led mental health awareness promotion campaign, in which high school students led educational workshops for at-risk middle school students in an after-school program. Pre- and posttests were used to measure knowledge about mental illness as well as social distance; a total of 57 pre- and posttests were analyzed. Analyses revealed statistically significant changes in both the Knowledge and Social Distance scales. The results suggest that salutary results can be realized as a result of very brief intervention with youths around the topic of mental health awareness.