Journal article

Perceived barriers and facilitators to mental health help-seeking in young people: a systematic review

22 Feb 2011

Adolescents and young adults frequently experience mental disorders, yet tend not to seek help. This systematic review aims to summarise reported barriers and facilitators of help-seeking in young people.


This review uses both qualitative research from surveys, focus groups, and interviews and quantitative data from published surveys.

It extends previous reviews through its systematic research methodology and by the inclusion of published studies describing what young people themselves perceive are the barriers and facilitators to help-seeking for common mental health problems.

The article recommends that strategies for improving help-seeking by adolescents and young adults should focus on improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma, and taking into account the desire of young people for self-reliance.

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