What we are studying
Major depressive and anxiety disorders are highly prevalent in the general population and are a leading cause of disability. Black adults have a high burden of depression and anxiety. We are interested in your perspectives on identifying barriers to engaging in mental health care for Black adults. Our view on mental illness influence our willingness to seek help or counseling from mental health professionals.
Why it is important
Stigma is characterized by negative attitudes or beliefs about mental illness, or negative behaviors directed toward people who have a mental illness such as depression or anxiety. It is important for us to understand ways to address stigma or other similar barriers to mental health care in the community. Black adults who experience depression or anxiety will have a unique perspective on the factors that may affect their willingness to see a mental health professional. We are interested in the expertise of patients who live with depression or anxiety disorders.
What we hope to accomplish
We will develop a video-based mobile application to reduce mental illness stigma and address similar barriers to engaging in mental health care.
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Who can participate
If you identify as Black American or Black immigrant
If you are ages 18-45 years
If you own a smartphone with internet access
If you have not seen a psychiatrist or therapist in the last 12 months
If you are English speaking
Who cannot participate
Exclusion criteria: 1) visual, hearing, voice, or motor impairments that would prevent engagement in study procedures, and 2) diagnosis of psychotic disorder or severe suicidality for which participation would be inappropriate.
What you may be asked to do
Share their views and perspectives on components of mobile mental health intervention. This intervention will be designed based on the perspectives of people who have depression and anxiety with lived experience.
Project activities may include:
Estimated Time Commitment
45 minutes over 45 minutes
What You May Get
Learn about mental health and receive compensation for their time
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