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OBJECTIVES To assess the beliefs of pharmacists about the helpfulness of interventions for schizophrenia and depression. METHODS A survey instrument containing a measure of mental health literacy was mailed to a random sample of 2000 pharmacists registered with the Pharmacy Board of New South Wales in November 2009. Vignettes of a person with either(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate a consumer-led teaching intervention to reduce pharmacy students' stigma towards depression and schizophrenia, and improve attitudes toward providing pharmaceutical care for consumers with mental illness. DESIGN Third-year bachelor of pharmacy degree students were given a series of mental health lectures, undertook supervised weekly(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the impact of delivering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for pharmacy students on their mental health literacy and stigma towards mental illness. METHODS A non-randomized controlled design was used, with all third year pharmacy students at the University of Sydney (n = 272) in 2009 invited to(More)
BACKGROUND Pharmacists' provision of medication counseling and medication review has been shown to improve adherence and resolve drug-related problems. Lack of knowledge of mental health conditions and negative beliefs may act as a barrier to the provision of pharmacy services. It is unclear how pharmacists' knowledge and attitudes impact their provision of(More)
BACKGROUND Perinatal depression (PND) affects approximately 10-15% of women, worldwide. PND screening, using screening tools, has been undertaken by a broad range of healthcare professionals in different settings. Our objective was to explore the acceptability of PND screening and how acceptability was being assessed. METHODS A systematic literature(More)
BACKGROUND Prescribing of antidepressants varies widely between European countries despite no evidence of difference in the prevalence of affective disorders. AIMS To investigate associations between the use of antidepressants, country-level spending on healthcare and country-level attitudes towards mental health problems. METHOD We used Eurobarometer(More)
BACKGROUND Depression is one of the largest causes of disease burden globally but can routinely go undetected in primary care. Screening for depression is an effective way to increase early recognition, and there is an opportunity to utilize pharmacists' skills and accessibility to do this. OBJECTIVES The overall aim of this study was to determine the(More)
AIMS To describe the perceived experiences of stigma and discrimination among people living with severe and persistent mental illness in assertive community treatment (ACT teams) settings in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. METHODS The Discrimination and Stigma Scale (DISC) was used in this cross-sectional study with people living with severe and(More)