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Table 8 Prevalence of help seeking by mental health indicators and perceived need for mental health support

From: Mental health help seeking patterns and associations among Australian same sex attracted women, trans and gender diverse people: a survey-based study

  Perceived stressa Distressb Depressionc Anxietyd Perceived MH need
  % (95 % CI) % (95 % CI) % (95 % CI) % (95 % CI) %
Professional help          
 GP 85.2 (1.3-1.4) 85.4 (24.1-25.2) 85.4 (11.6-12.4) 85.3 (15.2-15.7) 84.8
 Psychologist/counsellor 50.8 (1.5-1.6) 51.0 (26.6-28.0) 51.0 (13.1-14.1) 51.1 (16.0-16.7) 59.7
 Allied health professional 26.6 (1.4-1.5) 26.6 (24.0-26.0) 26.7 (11.4-12.8) 26.6 (15.1-16.1) 26.3
 Other specialist doctor 25.5 (1.2-1.4) 25.7 (22.9-25.0) 25.6 (10.9-12.4) 25.6 (14.7-15.6) 22.2
 Psychiatrist 15.9 (1.6-1.8) 15.9 (29.7-32.2) 15.8 (15.7-17.4) 15.8 (17.0-18.3) 18.8
 Telephone counselling/helpline 12.0 (1.7-1.9) 12.0 (29.0-31.9) 12.0 (14.8-17.0) 12.0 (17.4-18.8) 14.1
 None 7.4 (0.9-1.2) 7.3 (20.8-24.3) 7.3 (9.2-11.5) 7.3 (14.0-15.8) 6.0
 Mental health nurse 5.5 (1.8-2.1) 5.5 (32.5-36.3) 5.5 (17.3-20.2) 5.5 (18.0-20.1) 6.0
 Other 3.4 (1.4-1.9) 3.4 (23.5-29.5) 3.4 (11.5-15.8) 3.4 (13.3-16.5) 3.1
Informal help          
 Friends/family/partner 85.1 (1.3-1.4) 85.0 (24.0-25.1) 85.0 (11.3-12.1) 85.0 (15.2-15.7) 86.2
 The internet 62.5 (1.4-1.5) 62.6 (25.5-26.7) 62.4 (12.4-13.3) 62.6 (15.8-16.4) 66.3
 Social organisations 21.0 (1.5-1.7) 21.2 (25.1-27.2) 21.1 (12.0-13.5) 21.1 (15.5-16.6) 22.2
 Self-help/support group 12.2 (1.6-1.9) 12.2 (28.8-31.6) 12.2 (14.4-16.4) 12.2 (16.4-17.9) 14.4
 None 7.0 (0.9-1.2) 7.1 (18.7-22.8) 7.2 (8.1-11.1) 7.1 (12.6-14.5) 4.4
 Religious organisations 3.4 (1.4-1.7) 3.3 (25.1-31.3) 3.4 (12.1-16.6) 3.4 (15.4-18.5) 3.5
 Other 2.3 (1.3-1.7) 2.3 (20.4-25.4) 2.3 (7.8-12.8) 2.3 (12.8-15.5) 2.6
Any complimentary help 45.6 (1.3-1.4) 45.7 (22.3-23.6) 45.9 (10.3-11.4) 45.8 (14.5-15.2) 44.6
  1. aThe Perceived Stress Questionnaire for Younger Women. Score range: 11–66. Cut-off score: 2 or more = high risk
  2. bThe Kessler Psychological Distress Scale. Score range: 10–50. Cut-off score: 30 or more = high risk
  3. cThe Center for Epidemiologic Studies Short Depression Scale. Score range: 0–30. Cut-off score: 10 or more = high risk
  4. dHospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Anxiety Subscale. Score range: 0–21. Cut-off score: 8 or more = high risk
  5. eGP = General Practitioner