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Table 3 Perceived helpfulness of interventions for depression with suicidal thoughts vignette ‘Abdul’ (n = 146)

From: Mental health literacy of school nurses in the United Arab Emirates

Treatments and activities Helpful (%) Harmful (%) Neither (%) Most helpfula (%)
Treatment
 Psychotherapy focusing on changing thoughts and behaviors (cognitive behavior therapy) 77.5 2.8 19.7 38.6
 Getting information about the problem and available services 84.4 5.0 10.6 13.6
 Psychotherapy focusing on causes that stem from the past 71.4 4.5 24.1 12.9
 Reading the Koran or Bible 70.9 2.1 27.0 8.3
 Admission to a psychiatric hospital 38.4 14.5 47.1 7.6
 Just talking about the problem (e.g. to a family member or close friend) 68.3 4.2 27.5 5.3
 Psychotherapy focusing on relationships with others 60.0 2.9 37.1 4.5
 Relaxation (e.g. having a massage) 58.3 2.9 38.8 2.3
 Improving diet and/or getting more exercise 62.7 2.8 34.5 1.5
 Trying to deal with the problem on her own 25.0 25.7 49.3 1.5
 Traditional therapies (e.g. herbs, honey, black cumin seed, olive oil, dates, cupping—Hijama) 24.6 11.3 64.1 1.5
 Getting out and about more/finding some new hobbies 69.6 2.2 28.3 0.8
 Have a prayer session or reading with a religious leader 48.2 3.6 48.2 0.8
 Reading a self-help book 46.7 5.2 48.1 0.8
 Hypnosis 19.0 14.3 66.7 0.0
 Drinking alcohol to relax 7.1 76.6 16.3 0.0
Medicine type
 Anti-depressant medication (e.g. prozac) 80.3 8.5 11.3 73.7
 Vitamins and minerals (e.g. vitamin C) 53.6 5.1 41.3 13.5
 Medication to help you relax (e.g. xanax, valium) 51.7 10.5 37.8 12.8
Person/service
 Psychiatrist 79.6 4.2 16.2 43.3
 Psychologist 78.7 1.4 19.9 22.4
 Religious person or priest 67.8 2.8 29.4 8.2
 Family member 71.0 0.0 29.0 7.5
 Community mental health worker/team (e.g. social worker, mental health nurse) 71.1 3.5 25.4 6.0
 Family or local doctor 58.9 2.1 39.0 3.7
 Homeland social group/club 63.6 4.2 32.2 3.0
 Close male friend 50.4 2.1 47.5 3.0
 Community religious organization 42.9 0.7 56.4 1.5
 Close female friend 35.4 4.9 59.7 1.5
 Telephone counselling 32.6 7.1 60.3 0.0
  1. aPercentage of sample rating the specific intervention item as ‘the most helpful’ for treating problem described in vignette (only one choice per category for each participant)