Paving the Way to Mental Well-Being: Innovations in Help-Seeking Interventions for Asian Canadians

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2023-08-25

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Quan, Cindy

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This dissertation addressed a notable gap in the literature concerning the underutilization of mental health services among Asian Canadians. Paper 1 focused on the development of the Asian Mental Health Program (AMHP), a digital intervention aimed at increasing the use of mental health resources. Through a community-based participatory approach, the program was tailored to address the distinct needs and experiences of this population, tackling the cultural factors and barriers to help-seeking faced by Asian Canadians. Paper 2 presents findings from a pilot study evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of the AMHP. The study examined participants' engagement, user experience, and preliminary outcomes. The results indicated a high level of acceptability and usability of the AMHP among Asian Canadians, supporting its potential to enhance mental health service utilization within this population. In Paper 3, I addressed the lack of a brief, validated measure of motivation to seek mental health services. We developed and preliminarily validated the Motivation for Mental Health Help-Seeking Scale (MOTIV-MH) to offer a concise and psychometrically sound tool for assessing motivation in the context of help-seeking for Asian Canadians. This contribution enhances our understanding of the role of motivation in promoting mental health service utilization. This dissertation fills gaps in the literature by developing culturally responsive help-seeking interventions and providing a brief, validated measure, offering tangible solutions to enhance Asian Canadians' access to and utilization of mental health services. The findings represent a promising step towards reducing mental health disparities and promoting equitable and culturally responsive care for Asian Canadians.

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Help-seeking, Mental health, Digital intervention, Asian Canadians, Measurement development, Community engaged research

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