Stigma stops youth seeking medical help

In a national survey conducted by the University of Melbourne, 3000 people aged 15–25 were asked about their stigmatising beliefs regarding six vignettes of mental disorders.

The ones who regarded depression and PTSD as a personal weakness were 50% less likely to seek help from a GP than those not having stigmatising beliefs.

Similarly, those who wanted to keep their distance from a stigmatised individual were 34% less likely to seek help from a GP for depression, but thinking a person with a mental illness was dangerous and