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Table 3 Percentage of respondents who rated listed interventions as helpful.

From: Mental health literacy and attitudes in a Swedish community sample – Investigating the role of personal experience of mental health care

Type of intervention A Cases with contact N = 125 B Cases without contact N = 105 C Mentally healthy N = 128 p-value
People who could help (%) (%) (%)  
GP/family doctor 60.0 49.5 52.3 n.s.
Psychiatrist 68.8 61.0 63.3 n.s.
Psychologist 77.6 73.3 75.0 n.s.
Close family/friends 76.8 90.5 84.4 B>A p = 0.006
Naturopath/herbalist 33.9 33.3 41.4 n.s.
Clergy 32.0 42.9 41.4 n.s.
Anna/Magnus tries to deal with problems on her/his own 63.2 66.7 64.8 n.s.
Medications     
Vitamins and minerals 52.8 54.3 53.9 n.s.
Pain relievers 5.6 4.8 3.9 n.s.
Antibiotics 0.8 2.9 3.9 n.s.
Antidepressants 74.4% 47.6 50.8 A>B, p < 0.001 A>C, p < 0.001
Sleeping pills 56.8 38.1 39.8 A>B, p = 0.005 A>C; p = 0.007
Tranquilisers 31.5 24.8 24.2 n.s
Activities/therapies     
Becoming more physically active 77.6 84.8 81.3 n.s.
Self-help books 72.0 58.1 58.6 n.s.
Getting out and about more 58.4 68.6 64.1 n.s.
Relaxation, stress management, meditation, yoga 89.6 88.6 94.5 n.s.
Cutting out alcohol all together 66.1 61.9 65.6 n.s.
Psychotherapy 80.8 73.3 72.7 n.s.
Hypnosis 19.2 16.2 9.4 n.s.
Admission to a psychiatric ward of a hospital 20.0 6.7 14.1 A>B, p = 0.004
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) 7.2 1.9 3.9 n.s.
Having an occasional drink to relax 4.8 2.9 5.5 n.s.
A special diet or avoiding certain food 24.0 27.6 19.7 n.s.