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Table 2 Barriers and facilitators of help-seeking and service use

From: Barriers and facilitators of help-seeking among unemployed persons with mental health problems: a qualitative study

Main Category Barriers Facilitators
Mental Health Literacy Fear of side effects of psychopharmacological treatment Gaining knowledge as motivation factor for treatment
Ineffective psychiatric help Awareness and acceptance of illness
Stigma and discrimination – experiences Perceived discrimination by mental health care professionals Growing acceptance of mental health service use
Stigma in the social environment
Internalised stereotypes associated with help-seeking
Structures and conditions of health care Miscommunication between therapist and patients GP as facilitator and supporter
GPs’ lack of interest in mental health problems Positive relationship between patient and therapist
The role of employment agency staff