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Assessing Levels of Stigma and Accessing Mental Health Services

Post-secondary students report high levels of anxiety and depression along with a host of other mental health issues (Fink, 2014). The present study focused on predictors of use of counselling services as well as strategies that would make the service easier to use by undergraduate students. Theoretical rationale included Astin’s Input-Environment-Outcome (I-E-O) (Fink, 2014), Theory of Planned Behaviour (Marsh, 2011), and Self-Regulatory Model (Oexle, 2015). The sample included 153 male and female students at a large research intensive university in Ontario. Participants ranged from ages 18-24 who completed the Satisfaction with Life Scale, the Mood and Anxiety Symptomology Questionnaire, and the Discrimination and Stigma Scale, along with closed-ended and open-ended questions regarding their use of the phone support line Good2Talk and other in-person counselling supports on campus. There was a significant interaction between utilizing Good2Talk for depression (M= .62, SD= .487), and using a text-messaging component (M= .60, SD= .491); t(151)=2.37, p

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Assessing Levels of Stigma and Accessing Mental Health Services

Assessing Levels of Stigma and Accessing Mental Health Services

Post-secondary students report high levels of anxiety and depression along with a host of other mental health issues (Fink, 2014). The present study focused on predictors of use of counselling services as well as strategies that would make the service easier to use by undergraduate students. Theoretical rationale included Astin’s Input-Environment-Outcome (I-E-O) (Fink, 2014), Theory of Planned Behaviour (Marsh, 2011), and Self-Regulatory Model (Oexle, 2015). The sample included 153 male and female students at a large research intensive university in Ontario. Participants ranged from ages 18-24 who completed the Satisfaction with Life Scale, the Mood and Anxiety Symptomology Questionnaire, and the Discrimination and Stigma Scale, along with closed-ended and open-ended questions regarding their use of the phone support line Good2Talk and other in-person counselling supports on campus. There was a significant interaction between utilizing Good2Talk for depression (M= .62, SD= .487), and using a text-messaging component (M= .60, SD= .491); t(151)=2.37, p