MAKINGtheLINK: A school-based intervention to improve help-seeking for substance use problems
Dan I Lubman, Ali Cheetham, Bonita J Berridge, Lisa McKay-Brown
EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2018
BACKGROUND: Many young people are reluctant to seek professional help for alcohol and other substance use problems, preferring to rely on family and friends. MAKINGtheLINK is a school-based intervention that teaches adolescents how to help their peers overcome barriers to engaging with professional help. The current study examined the effect of the MAKINGtheLINK programme in a sample of 12- to 15-year-old students. METHODS: Participants included 247 Grade 8 students (49% male, 51% female) recruited from 3 schools in Victoria, Australia. Participants completed questionnaires measuring barriers to professional help-seeking, help-seeking intentions and confidence to seek help at 3 time points (..View full abstract
We thank the young people who participated in the study, the participating high schools and the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, Australia for their support.