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October 6, 2011

SickKids Expert Alert: Why do youth delay seeking help for mental illness?

Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) try to understand the perspective of young people experiencing mental illness and why they delay seeking help. Despite efforts to increase awareness about mental health issues, the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness prevent young people from seeking help.  

Research reveals that other factors include the dynamic complexity of the roles of family, school, community, treatment system and illness experience in the path to mental health care. This problem calls for creative, innovative and provocative strategies.

Dr. Katherine Boydell, Health Systems Research Scientist in the Community Health Systems Resource Group at SickKids, is available to discuss some of the strategies – specifically the use of arts-based projects using dance and mural art installation to create awareness and understanding and open up a dialogue on mental health issues, particularly in secondary school settings.

Learn more about Dr. Boydell's work