Impact of Stigma of Mental Illness on Seeking Mental Care in Medical Students of Napata College at Khartoum State 2022

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Ahmed Khalid Abdelkarim Mahmoud
Badawi Hassan Badawi Alfakey
Mohamed Mutasim Osman Ali
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Napata College
Background: Stigma is defined as a sign of disgrace or discredit, which sets a person apart from others. The fear of being stigmatized by others often leads people to avoid professional help. This stigma can also be internalized, further reducing the likelihood of seeking help. Objectives: This study was conducted to assess the impact of stigma of mental illness on seeking mental care. Materials and Method: This is an observational cross-sectional community base study conducted in Napata College in Khartoum state. A total of 150 students were investigated and all information was gathered via a questionnaire that was coded and analyzed by SPSS. Results: the result show a significant correlation between stigma and delay seeking help, 56% of the students expressed symptoms of mental illness, 48% feel that stigma affected their academic level, 84% of the students were never seen by a psychiatrist, 70.6% of the students think that they never seen a psychiatrist because of the lack of support from the surroundings, 53% of the students hasn’t shared their symptoms with someone close to them, 63% of the students didn’t share with their surroundings their desire to see a psychiatrist, 42% of the students think that stigma affects the request to consult a psychiatrist. Conclusion: There was a high incidence of mental illness among students and there was a significant correlation between stigma and delay seeking help.
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