Associations between Dimensions of Mental Health Literacy and Adolescent Help-seeking Intentions

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In this Papers Podcast, research associate Dr. Claire Goodfellow discusses her CAMH paper ‘Associations between dimensions of mental health literacy and adolescent help-seeking intentions’ (

Claire is the first author of the paper.

There is an overview of the paper, methodology, key findings, and implications for practice.

Discussion points include;

  • A definition of ‘Mental Health Literacy’, as it relates to young people.
  • Increased ability to identify specific mental health problems was associated with decreased formal, and informal, help-seeking intentions.
  • Is the fact that knowledge of treatment efficacy was positively associated with help-seeking, despite the ability to identify a mental health problem being negatively associated with help-seeking, unique or more pronounced in adolescents than adults?
  • What are the implications of the findings for CAMH professionals, Educationalists, and other stakeholders?
  • How can information relating to effective treatment for mental health problems be better disseminated to young people?

In this series, we speak to authors of papers published in one of ACAMH’s three journals. These are The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP)The Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) journal; and JCPP Advances.

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Dr. Claire Goodfellow
Dr. Claire Goodfellow

Dr. Goodfellow is currently a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow’s MRC / CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU).

She has a PhD in Public Health and Health Policy from the University of Strathclyde, during this programme, she completed a long-term secondment at the McSilver Institute for Policy and Poverty Research at New York University, as well as multiple secondments to the Finnish Association for Mental Health in Helsinki. Prior to this, she studied for an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, and also worked in Clinical Psychology settings within the NHS. Her research is grounded in public health approaches to promoting adolescent mental health, including research into mental health literacy in young people, as well as reduction of stigma towards poor mental health.

Currently, she is working on the SOCITS project which aims to develop a new, context-specific method of measuring youth mental health.

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Featured Paper ‘Associations between dimensions of mental health literacy and adolescent help-seeking intentions’, Claire Goodfellow, Anna Macintyre, Lee Knifton, Edward Sosu

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