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Depression in young Samoan females: The views of mental health service providers

15 months
Approved budget:
Ms Sarah McLean-Orsborn
Health issue:
Mental health (and sleep disorders)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Masters Scholarship
Lay summary
Evidence suggests that Pacific peoples living in New Zealand suffer from high rates of mental illness, but are less likely to access mental health services. Moreover, Pacific females are found to have higher prevalence of major depression when compared to their male counterparts. The aim of this proposed study is to examine the professional experiences of mental health service providers who are working/have worked with young Samoan females, diagnosed with depression (18-24 years). It is anticipated that there will be 20 key informant face-to-face interviews undertaken for this qualitative piece of work. It is hoped that findings will help to inform future mental health service delivery to better support the mental health needs of young Samoan females and potentially to contribute to Samoan and gender focused suicide prevention initiatives.