Mental Health Disorders and Utilization of Mental Healthcare Services in United Nations Personnel

Adam D. Brown, Katharina Schultebraucks, Meng Qian, Meng Li, Danny Horesh, Carol Siegel, Yosef Brody, Abdalla Mansour Amer, Rony Kapel Lev-Ari, Francis Mas, Charles R. Marmar, Jillann Farmer

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Abstract

Background: United Nations (UN) personnel address a diverse range of political, social, and cultural crises throughout the world. Compared with other occupations routinely exposed to traumatic stress, there remains a paucity of research on mental health disorders and access to mental healthcare in this population. To fill this gap, personnel from UN agencies were surveyed for mental health disorders and mental healthcare utilization. Methods: UN personnel (N = 17 363) from 11 UN entities completed online measures of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), major depressive disorder (MDD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma exposure, mental healthcare usage, and socio-demographic information. Results: Exposure to one or more traumatic events was reported by 36.2% of survey responders. Additionally, 17.9% screened positive for GAD, 22.8% for MDD, and 19.9% for PTSD. Employing multivariable logistic regressions, low job satisfaction, younger age (
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)e5
JournalGLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH
Volume7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

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