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Impact of stigma on help-seeking behavior for mental disorders in Latin America and the Caribbean: Scoping Review
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main objective of this study is to review the impact of stigma on help-seeking behaviour regarding mental disorders in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mental disorders in this region account for the greatest proportion of DALYs for non-communicable diseases, and many people suffering from mental health issues do not seek appropriate help. A contributing factor to not seeking help is mental health stigma which is the rejection and exclusion of people with mental illnesses due to ignorance, labelling (prejudice) and stereotyping leading to discrimination. Eight articles were selected and included in this review from three countries in Latin America (Mexico, Peru and Brazil) and three in the Caribbean (Jamaica, Haiti and Puerto Rico). The situation in this region as well as the barriers to mental health care help-seeking are addressed.

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2016. , 37 p.
, Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341x ; 2016:2
Keyword [en]
Stigma, mental health, help-seeking, Latin America, Caribbean, discrimination
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Psychiatry Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-123419OAI: diva2:945712
Educational program
Master's Programme in Public Health (one-year)
Available from: 2016-10-17 Created: 2016-07-02 Last updated: 2016-10-17Bibliographically approved

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