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J Adolesc Health. 2009 Jul;45(1):95-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2008.12.006. Epub 2009 Feb 28.

Mental health of young people in the United States: what role can the internet play in reducing stigma and promoting help seeking?

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The Inspire Foundation, ORYGEN Youth Health Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne University, 35 Poplar Rd, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia.


One third of young Americans experience mental health difficulties, often without seeking help. More than 90% use the Internet. Reach Out (, an Australian Internet-based service, is discussed in relation to the role it could play in reducing stigma and increasing help seeking in young Americans aged 16-25 years.

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