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Academia Journal of Educational Research  5(10): 384-391, October 2017
DOI: 10.15413/ajer.2017.0313
ISSN 2315-7704
2017 Academia Publishing

Abstract

 

Level of awareness of students towards mental illness
 

Accepted 1st August, 2017

 
Poh Miao Hui1*, Tan Chay Huang, Sharon2, Jayaraman Hariram2 and Edimansyah bin3

1Nanyang Technological University, Blk95, Geylang Bahru, #07-3134, Singapore 330095.
2Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747.
3Research Department, Institute of Mental Health.


*Corresponding author. E-mail: m_hui88@hotmail.com. Tel: 96317319.

Stigmatization of people with mental illness is a significant public health issue. Their perspective towards mental illnesses has not been fully understood. This study aims to assess the level of awareness and knowledge of mental illnesses among the undergraduates in a XXX University. Self-report questionnaires which gathered information on basic demographic details, awareness, knowledge and social distance towards mental illnesses were administered to 106 undergraduate students in XXX University. Students demonstrated gaps of knowledge in areas such as the causes and treatment of mental illnesses. However, there is still unwillingness and uncertainty of students to mingle with peers with mental illness. There is a strong need for education. The importance of early intervention should be emphasized. Understanding the students’ perspective helps to develop services that might bridge the identified gaps.

Key words: Mental health, students, knowledge, awareness.
 

This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. 

Cite this article as:

Hui PM, Huang TC, Sharon, Hariram J, bin E (2017). Level of awareness of students towards mental illness. Acad. J. Educ. Res. 5(10): 384-391

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