Mental Health Literacy Scale (MHLS)


The Mental Health Literacy Scale (MHLS)  is a 35 item questionnaire looking at the respondents understanding of mental health.

The first 15 items are scored on a 1-4 scale with items 10, 12 & 15 being reversed scored. Items 16-35 are scored on a 1-5 scale with items 20-28 being reverse scored. The total score is produced by summing all items (Max score=160; Min score=35).

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O’Connor, M., & Casey, L. (2015). The Mental Health Literacy Scale (MHLS): A new scale-based measure of mental health literacy. Psychiatry Research, 229(1-2), 511-516. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2015.05.064

Ethical Considerations:

Nothing applicable outside of routine ethics.

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