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Title: Knowledge, attitudes, and uptake of mental health services by secondary school students in Gweru, Zimbabwe
Authors: Sibusiso Khombo
Kennedy Khombo
Robert Shalom Stoddart
Innocent Sifelani
Theresi Sibanda
Department of Applied Psychology, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe.
Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
Department of Applied Psychology, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe.
Department of Psychology, Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Department of Psychology, Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Keywords: adolescents
knowledge
attitudes
help seeking behavior
mental health
psychological distress
students
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2023
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Abstract: Introduction: The study sought to investigate and examine knowledge, attitudes, and uptake of mental health services by secondary school students in the Gweru district. Methods: Using a qualitative approach, 15 students from three secondary schools in Gweru were purposively sampled for inclusion in this study. Data collection was through semi-structured interviews. The study utilized thematic data analysis and the following themes emerged from the study; ignorance, misinformation, indifference, lack of trust, gender differences, and alternative supports. Results: Generally, the research findings revealed that most secondary school students were aware of the existence of mental health services although they had distorted information on the same. Poor utilization of services was largely attributed to the consideration of “formal” mental health services as the last resort for remedy after the failure of “informal” services to yield positive results. Thus, mental health services were not on the priority list of intervention measures used by secondary students in light of mental health issues. The study recommends psycho-education sessions to promote the utilization of mental health services by secondary school students. Discussion: Notably, the current study revealed that participants lacked correct information about MHS and its related utility. Munson et al. (2009) concur by stating that some adolescents believed that their mental health challenges such as mood disorders were chronic, and as such, they thought that any form of intervention could not control or remedy their illness.
URI: https://cris.library.msu.ac.zw//handle/11408/5579
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