A recent study suggests that destigmatizing mental health disorders within youth populations could improve the likelihood that individuals in need of help will seek treatment. Dr. Sam Fillingane discusses Bruce Link’s research, as published in Pediatrics.

A study conducted by Bruce Link and a team of researchers was recently published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Showing promising results, the study suggests that an individual’s likelihood to reach out for help with mental health disorders is impacted by how he/she views mental illness as a child. In effect, Link’s findings argue that by destigmatizing the public’s view on mental health, those in need of help will have a better chance of seeking treatment.

In the study, called ‘Eliminating the Stigma of Difference,’ 416 sixth graders in 14 schools were evaluated through a three-modular curriculum delivered across three individual hours in one week.  Read more about the results here.