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Daniel Eisenberg

Mental Health Literacy Among College Students in Qatar

Research Project Description

Stress and mental health challenges are common among all college students. Mental health disorders are a critical health matter for the student population as most of the common and serious mental illnesses manifest in this age group. Effective programs and communication between students, providers and the supporting health system must be available to ensure students have the tools to make the best decisions regarding their health. These tools may be developed through increased patient health literacy, which is the degree of capacity for individuals to obtain, understand and process information to make appropriate decisions regarding their health. Several studies point to inadequate understanding of mental health disorders and treatment needs among students. Their understanding of mental health disorders has been found to be associated with unfavorable beliefs about treatment, and to delay treatment-seeking behaviors. Educational programs are therefore needed to specifically address mental health literacy. We hereby propose to 1) evaluate mental health literacy among college students in Qatar, 2) develop a program to enhance literacy among students, 3) evaluate the efficacy of such a program and 4) make comparative studies between Qatar, the USA and other countries around the world.

Funding: Qatar Foundation (subcontract: NPRP 5-618-5-087)

Funding Period: 11/1/2012 to 9/14/2016

International Focus: Qatar