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IMPRES- Improving Mental Health Literacy of Children and Adolescents to Reduce Stigma

 

 

Brief description

IMPRES is based on the project „NePP“from the first funding period. t is aiming at the prevention of mental disorders by implementing an evaluation an early intervention to promote mental health literacy (MHL). Additionally, a reduction of stigma should also be reached.

 

Project description

The scientific goals for the second funding period are based on and concluded from major findings of the first funding period. Therefore, our basic assumption is that stigma is a relevant issue for health promotion and primary prevention, because it negatively impacts the take-up and use of adequate support, care, and first aid services of people with mental disorders. Stigma can be related to the framework of mental health literacy, when it is defined as the result of people lacking and/or misunderstanding health information related to mental illness. Additionally, inadequate understanding negatively impacts the appraisal and use of this health information to make judgments and take decisions concerning mental disorders. In this context, we understand mental health literacy as understanding, appraising and using health information in order to make sound decisions and judgements concerning all issues related to mental health and illness. Based on our findings, we understand that there is a need for interventions that address children and adolescents to reduce stigma and self-stigma (internalization of stigmatizing attitudes). We therefore aim at:

  • reviewing current research about stigmatization of people with mental disorders (public and self-stigma), processes relevant for using mental health-related information
  • collecting and reviewing existing anti-stigma-campaigns and interventions focusing on children and adolescents
  • developing (or adapting), implementing and evaluating an intervention on mental health literacy in children and adolescents to reduce stigma, including self-stigma in affected groups and public stigma.

On the long term, we expect to reduce public stigma by addressing children and adolescents, we expect to reduce self-stigma and to facilitate help-seeking as well as the up-take of mental health services.

A central result of the MHL projects of the first funding phase is that stigma is a relevant issue for health promotion and primary prevention in the context of mental health, as it negatively influences the reception and use of adequate help and support. Stigma can be discussed in the context of MHL if it is assumed to be a consequence of missing or misunderstood mental health information. In addition, it influences the assessment and use of health information when making decisions related to mental health or illness. In this context and based on the research results from the first funding phase, MHL can be defined as the understanding, evaluation and use of health information to make health-promoting decisions with regard to mental health issues. Based on our results, we assume that there is a need for interventions that reduce stigma and self-stigma (internalisation of stigmatising attitudes) for children and adolescents. By addressing a young target group, the social stigma should be influenced in the long term.

News

Coronavirus pandemic and health literacy: The coronavirus is currently spreading worldwide. During this pandemic, health literacy must be given special emphasis in order to prevent the new virus from spreading more rapidly. Further information can be found here.

COVID-19 and Infodemic: The COVID-19 pandemic is accompanied by the so-called "Infodemic" (Infodemic). Finding good information, protecting oneself from fake news and untruths and making sensible health decisions in these crises are the main focus. Further information can be found here.

Interview Children's health literacy: Children and young people are an important target group for the promotion of health literacy. However, little research has been done into this area. The Pharmazeutische Zeitung spoke to Orkan Okan of the ICHL about the current situation in Germany. Further information can be found here.

Development of a WHO European Region action plan on health literacy: In February, WHO Europe launched an initiative in Copenhagen to develop a European action plan to promote and strengthen health literacy for the 53 European Member States. Further information can be found here.

Health literacy in the digital age: This was the motto of a conference in Berlin on 04.02.2020. Link

4. HLCA Summer School: "Advancing health literacy during the life course: towards a health literate Europe" takes place at Bielefeld University from 23 to 27 September 2019. Link

Research Symposium: On 2.09.2019 the Research Symposium with the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) will take place at Bielefeld University (Room X-E0-222)

Patricia Wahl (Graf), Alexandra Fretian and Ullrich Bauer report on the topic of "Psychische Erkrankung im Alltag: Tabuisierung und Stigmatisierung" in the youth welfare report 02.19

IGEL Evaluation - Ergebnisse: Effectiveness of a school-based intervention to prevent child sexual abuse (Czerwinski et al.) Download

Die Utopie der Gene: Ullrich Bauer on the influence of genes in DIE ZEIT. Download Download

Ullrich Bauer bei der Child's World Conference (11.-13. Juli 2018). Learning, education and the ethical question of what we offer to pupils. Download

The EUSPR Newsletter The EUSPR Newsletter gives an overview of the German Health Prevention Network.

New article in the Archive of Public Health - Journal, by Domanska, O.M., Firnges, C., Bollweg, T.M. et al. Download

Ullrich Bauer's review of "Stimmungen der Soziologie" als short version and long version

New publications

International Handbook of health literacy
Sozialisationstheorie
Handbuch Sozialisationsforschung
Präevention von sexueller Gewalt in der Primarstufe
Psychisch belastete Eltern in der sozialpädagogischen Familienhilfe
 Children in times of crisis

 

About the project

 

Project management and implementation

Prof. Dr. Ullrich Bauer
Dr. Paulo Pinheiro
 

Contact:

Alexandra Fretian
Patricia Wahl

 

Duration

March 2015 - February 2018
 

Website

Further information about the HLCA joint project can be found at www.hlca-consortium.de!


Gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

News

Coronavirus pandemic and health literacy: The coronavirus is currently spreading worldwide. During this pandemic, health literacy must be given special emphasis in order to prevent the new virus from spreading more rapidly. Further information can be found here.

COVID-19 and Infodemic: The COVID-19 pandemic is accompanied by the so-called "Infodemic" (Infodemic). Finding good information, protecting oneself from fake news and untruths and making sensible health decisions in these crises are the main focus. Further information can be found here.

Interview Children's health literacy: Children and young people are an important target group for the promotion of health literacy. However, little research has been done into this area. The Pharmazeutische Zeitung spoke to Orkan Okan of the ICHL about the current situation in Germany. Further information can be found here.

Development of a WHO European Region action plan on health literacy: In February, WHO Europe launched an initiative in Copenhagen to develop a European action plan to promote and strengthen health literacy for the 53 European Member States. Further information can be found here.

Health literacy in the digital age: This was the motto of a conference in Berlin on 04.02.2020. Link

4. HLCA Summer School: "Advancing health literacy during the life course: towards a health literate Europe" takes place at Bielefeld University from 23 to 27 September 2019. Link

Research Symposium: On 2.09.2019 the Research Symposium with the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) will take place at Bielefeld University (Room X-E0-222)

Patricia Wahl (Graf), Alexandra Fretian and Ullrich Bauer report on the topic of "Psychische Erkrankung im Alltag: Tabuisierung und Stigmatisierung" in the youth welfare report 02.19

IGEL Evaluation - Ergebnisse: Effectiveness of a school-based intervention to prevent child sexual abuse (Czerwinski et al.) Download

Die Utopie der Gene: Ullrich Bauer on the influence of genes in DIE ZEIT. Download Download

Ullrich Bauer bei der Child's World Conference (11.-13. Juli 2018). Learning, education and the ethical question of what we offer to pupils. Download

The EUSPR Newsletter The EUSPR Newsletter gives an overview of the German Health Prevention Network.

New article in the Archive of Public Health - Journal, by Domanska, O.M., Firnges, C., Bollweg, T.M. et al. Download

Ullrich Bauer's review of "Stimmungen der Soziologie" als short version and long version

New publications

International Handbook of health literacy
Sozialisationstheorie
Handbuch Sozialisationsforschung
Präevention von sexueller Gewalt in der Primarstufe
Psychisch belastete Eltern in der sozialpädagogischen Familienhilfe
 Children in times of crisis