This study examined prevalence of perceived need for mental health assistance, characteristics of people with a perceived need, and how persons with a need who sought help were different from those who did not.
A national random phone survey (n=1,394) was conducted in Israel, which included questions about (1) perceived need for mental health assistance and (2) help seeking.
Prevalence of life-time and recent perceived need for males was 21% and 10.7%, and for females 31% and 15.1%. Of those with a perceived need, 31.4% of males and 41.6% of females had gone for help.
Based on logistic regression models, the variables associated with need were being female, divorced, having a chronic physical disease, and low income (for males only), while predictors of help seeking were living in a big city and not being a recent immigrant.
The major sources of help in descending order were : mental health professionals (46%), family physician (25%), family or friends (19%), and other (10%). Conclusions : A majority of people who feel that they need help for mental health problems do not get help.
Mots-clés Pascal : Recherche aide, Trouble psychiatrique, Attitude, Service santé, Santé mentale, Sexe, Israël, Asie, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Help seeking, Mental disorder, Attitude, Health service, Mental health, Sex, Israel, Asia, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0230633
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 16/11/1999.