Youth from economically vulnerable backgrounds encounter significant barriers to mental health treatment. This session highlights a research project evaluating the effectiveness of an after-school mental health literacy intervention on adolescents’ mental health knowledge, stigma, attitudes toward seeking help, and hope. The presenters will discuss the framework of mental health literacy as a pivotal step in addressing the discrepancy between rates of mental health diagnoses in children and individuals treated.
Counselors will learn psychoeducational approaches to working with the adolescent population.
Attendees will develop a more thorough understanding of adolescence, including prevalence of mental health concerns and barriers to treatment in the adolescent population.
Attendees will develop an understanding about the scope of mental health literacy, previous mental health literacy research, and future directions.