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    Role of Affect and Cognition in Lay Judgments About the Need for Mental Health Treatment and Willingness to Help Information-grey

    ABSTRACT: Mental illness has become a major public health concern, but it is rarely studied from the point of view of laypeople. The current research used surveys to investigate ordinary people’s perceptions of the need for mental health treatment in a target individual and willingness to help the target. It also investigated the mediating role of affect and cognition in these evaluative processes. Four experiments found that affect mediated the relationship between mental illness and evaluations of the need for treatment, but that cognition mediated the relationship between mental illness and people’s willingness to provide help. We concluded that negative affective responses to the presence of mental illness result in increased perceptions of the need for treatment. When personal responsibility for helping was requested, people relied on cognitive processes likely associated with their own ability, knowledge, and willingness to help. This research provides a preliminary understanding of how to approach the treatment of mental illness from the point of view of the public. The perceived need for mental health treatment has traditionally been studied from the point of view of the person suffering from mental illness. An area that has been somewhat less studied is the lay public’s knowledge and motivation to help those...

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    Why We Need to Stop Judging Mental Illness Information-grey

    One in five adults in the U.S.—around 47.6 million people—experience mental illness. Less than half seek treatment. And those who do often wait a decade or more to get help. Let’s let that sink in. A full 20 percent of us are struggling with some form of mental illness…right now. And, most of us won’t ask for help because we’re embarrassed or ashamed.

    What’s up with that? The topic of mental health is more visible than ever. So why do so few people get the help they need? The answer is that stigma is still a huge barrier.

    When someone has a physical illness like cancer, diabetes or even a broken leg, we rally around them and offer support. ...

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