Youth attitudes towards depression in the South Asian community

The purpose of this study was to explore South Asian youth attitudes towards depression, in hopes of addressing stigma that may be associated with mental illness and help-seeking behaviors within the South Asian community. The researchers aimed to explore differences in attitudes and beliefs about depression between generations, as well as primary resources that the community members would seek in order to address depressive symptoms. Major findings of the research include participants valuing community support in South Asian communities, and accessing alternative help-seeking behaviors that run counter to Western practices for depressive symptoms. Further findings indicate that stigma surrounding mental health is shifting and being reduced among recent generations. Implications for social work include identifying relationships towards depression between variables such as gender, nationality, religious affiliation, generation, and age in order to apply culturally informed practices to better help these communities. Additionally, the researchers hope to improve mental health service delivery and to increase access to services.