New study helps in eliminating stigma surrounding mental health problems

According to the recent reports, suicide rates are increasing rapidly among teenagers and college-goers.  In this scenario, it is essential to eliminate the social stigma surrounding mental health all over the globe.

Having said this, an organization named Active Minds has put forth its initiatives in order to provide needed assistance in eliminating the social stigma surrounding mental health. And fortunately enough, the efforts of this organization has yield positive results.

Active Minds is reportedly a non-profit student-peer organization wherein the students of various colleges take charge of implementing their programs. This organization works with the motive to make the college goers comfortable in speaking or discussing mental health.

A recent study conducted by Active Minds took around twelve college campuses from all over California as subjects and analyzed students between the academic year 2016- 2017. As per the inferences of this study, the college goers have much knowledge regarding the essential factors about mental health. The study also discovered decreased social stigma surrounding mental health problems as well as about talking and discussing for needed help.

Senior Physicians Policy Researcher, Dr. Bradley Stein, M.D./Ph.D., at the RAND Corporation, explained in a statement, “More than 1,000 students across California were recruited through college fairs, social media and a variety of other ways. The first survey was taken in September. Then the same questions from that survey were asked in November and April. Each survey we asked the same questions, and over time we saw what happened with the answers of the students.” Dr. Stein worked as the evaluator for this study of Active Minds.

The surveys that were used by the researchers in this study were known as a Likert scale. This scale is basically an “agreement” scale, which estimated the agreement of people with different statements. Higher scores on this scale implied an increased sense of stigmatization surrounding mental health issues.

The researchers involved in the study were amazed by the results as it showed a decreased overall agreement score, which implied less social stigma. Stein said, “As we followed the college students, we found that they became more aware and more involved in mental health issues, based on their responses.”

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