Vol - 29, Issue - 05
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-05-05-2022-1421
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Abstract : Youth mental health needs are a growing concern in both developed and developing nations. Studies show that resource-poor countries, like India, have additional challenges of low awareness about mental disorders, stigma, and scarcity of mental health professionals. For university students, mental health problems may be even more prevalent, as recent research has found that university students experience significantly higher levels of psychological distress than the general population. It has been observed that young people experience difficulties in accessing mainstream mental health services particularly because of the stigma that remains associated with mental health problems. There is a lot of stigma attached to mental health problems especially in developing countries like India. Studies show that stigma is the main deterrent for seeking treatment in persons with mental health issues. Internet seems to be a promising alternative to face to face support for mental health problems among youth who don’t prefer traditional help-seeking services because of it’s larger outreach and the anonymity it provides. No published data exist for India or other developing countries in this regard. There is this urgent need to better understand how the use of the Internet for mental health problems impacts on young people’s medical consultations, and how much they trust it. The use of the internet for mental health information is a rather unexplored area in the developing world despite being one of the most frequently used sources for information worldwide.

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