Journal article

Evaluating a Web-Based Mental Health Service for Secondary School Students in Australia: Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

Bridianne O'Dea, Catherine King, Mirjana Subotic-Kerry, Melissa Anderson, Melinda Rose Achilles, Belinda Parker, Andrew Mackinnon, Josey Anderson, Nicole Cockayne, Helen Christensen

JMIR RESEARCH PROTOCOLS | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Mental health problems are prevalent among Australian secondary school youth; however, help-seeking is low. Schools offer an ideal setting to address these concerns. The Black Dog Institute has developed a Web-based mental health service for secondary schools that is modeled on the principles of stepped care. The Smooth Sailing service aims to improve help-seeking and reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms in secondary school students. The acceptability of this service has been demonstrated in a pilot study. A full trial is now warranted. OBJECTIVE: This study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT) aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the Smooth Sailing Web-bas..

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