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Probing Characteristics of Visuals in Mental Health Outreach An animation explaining the biogenic etiology of depression

Molly Huttner, Evelyn Maizels, Leah Lebowicz, Donna Hughes


This study sought to demonstrate key
characteristics of successful mental health outreach
(MHO) educational programs through an audio-visual tool
addressing biogenic etiology of depression.
Methods Candidate characteristics were identied based
on review of MHO literature, evaluated through informal
feedback sessions and nalized following committee and
content expert review. Conclusion Key characteristics
indicative of successful visuals in MHO included
emphasizing malleability of biology, familiar characters,
and minimizing literacy barriers. Tools created for MHO
should include these key characteristics.

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