17 December 2019

A systematic review of parent and caregiver mental health literacy (Australia)

This study systematically reviewed the current research on parents' and caregivers'  knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about mental health disorders. The research found that overall parents/caregivers had limited mental health knowledge, however, those with previous experience of mental health disorders and help-seeking from both informal and formal support sources had increased knowledge. There were several factors which influenced the likelihood that parents/caregivers would seek help for their child with the most important being financial difficulties, inadequate mental health knowledge, and availability of services. Importantly, the review found that parents and caregivers were receptive to receiving mental health related information.