Use of a public film event to promote understanding and help seeking for social withdrawal

Alan Robert Teo, Kyle Whitaker Stufflebam, Francis Lu, Michael Derwin Fetters

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Introduction: This study aimed to implement a public film event about mental health aspects of social withdrawal. Secondary aims were to assess participants' knowledge, attitudes, and intended behaviors related to social withdrawal. Method: The event, held at three U.S. sites, consisted of a film screening, question-and-answer session, and lecture. Participants completed a post-event survey. Results: Of the 163 participants, 115 (70.6%) completed surveys. Most of the sample deemed social withdrawal a significant mental health issue. Regarding post-event intended behaviors, 90.2% reported intent to get more information, 48.0% to being vigilant for social withdrawal in others, and 19.6% to talking with a health care professional about concerns for social withdrawal in themselves or someone they knew. Asian participants were significantly more likely than non-Asians to intend to encourage help-seeking for social withdrawal (p=.001). Discussion: A public film event may be a creative way to improve mental health awareness and treatment-seeking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-163
Number of pages7
JournalAsia-Pacific Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Culture
  • Film
  • Japan
  • Multimedia
  • Social isolation
  • Social psychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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