Mental health literacy: empowering the community to take action for better mental health.

  title={Mental health literacy: empowering the community to take action for better mental health.},
  author={Anthony F Jorm},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={67 3},
  • Anthony F Jorm
  • Published 1 April 2012
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • The American psychologist
For major physical diseases, it is widely accepted that members of the public will benefit by knowing what actions they can take for prevention, early intervention, and treatment. However, this type of public knowledge about mental disorders (mental health literacy) has received much less attention. There is evidence from surveys in several countries for deficiencies in (a) the public's knowledge of how to prevent mental disorders, (b) recognition of when a disorder is developing, (c) knowledge… 

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