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Table 2 Mental illness knowledge among UHEPS in Addis Ababa, 2017

From: Knowledge, attitude, and practice towards mental illness service provision and associated factors among health extension professionals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Knowledge assessing question Frequency (n = 455) Percentage (100%)
Over all knowledge
 Adequate 200 44.0
 Inadequate 255 56.0
Causes of mental illness (n = 1142)a
 Stress 435 38.1
 Brain chemistry 141 12.3
 Week nerve 142 12.4
 Drug/substance abuse 337 29.5
 Demon/sprit 77 6.7
 Don’t know 10 0.9
Manifestation of mental illness (n = 2018)a
 Being lonely 356 17.6
 Feeling sad 244 12.1
 Reduced ability of concentration 240 11.9
 Excessive fear or worries 318 15.8
 Extreme mood change 340 16.8
 Delusion 204 10.1
 Suicidal 316 15.7
What is the risk factor of mental illness (n = 1081)
 Stress 418 38.7
 Drug and substance abuse 393 36.4
 Family history 168 15.5
 Sprit possession 38 3.5
 Evil sprit 64 5.9
Is mental illness curable (n = 455)
 Yes 360 79.1
 No 49 10.8
 I don’t know 46 10.1
Management of mental illness (n = 455)a
 Provision of drugs 109 24.0
 Provision of counseling 81 17.8
 Referral 32 7.0
 (Provision of drug, counseling and referral) 233 51.2
  1. aMultiple responses