Journal article

'Getting our voices out there': acceptability of a mental health participation programme for young people with out of home care experience in Australia

Jessie Rafeld, Kristen Moeller-Saxone, Sue Cotton, Simon Rice, Katherine Monson, Carol Harvey, Helen Herrman

Health Promotion International | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


Youth with experience of out-of-home-care (OoHC) typically have poorer mental health than their peers in the general population, and lack opportunities to contribute to service planning. Promoting mental health through leadership training may improve young people's mental health and facilitate system change. The Bounce Project is a pilot youth-leadership mental health training programme co-designed with young people who have experienced OoHC. In this study, we evaluated the Bounce Project from the young people's perspectives to explore the acceptability, successes and limitations of the training to promote the participant's mental health and their contribution to system level change. Thirtee..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Rotary Health Mental Health Research Grant, with contributions from the National Health and Medical Research, Targeted Call for Research (1046692). Prof. Sue Cotton was supported by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (APP1061998). Prof. Helen Herrman was supported by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship. Dr Simon Rice was supported by The Mary Elizabeth Watson Early Career Fellowship in Allied Health awarded by Melbourne Health. Dr Jessie Rafeld was supported by the University of Melbourne MD Research Project.