Journal article

Twelve-month outcomes of MAKINGtheLINK: A cluster randomized controlled trial of a school-based program to facilitate help-seeking for substance use and mental health problems

Dan Lubman, Ali Cheetham, Emma Sandral, Rory Wolfe, Catherine Martin, Fiona Blee, Bonita J Berridge, Anthony F Jorm, Coralie Wilson, Nicholas B Allen, Lisa McKay-Brown, Jenny Proimos



Background: Young people experiencing mental health problems are often reluctant to seek help, particularly from professionals (i.e., doctors or mental health workers). MAKINGtheLINK is a school-based intervention that aims to help adolescents overcome barriers to seeking professional help for mental health and substance use problems. Methods: A cluster randomised controlled trial was conducted to evaluate the 12-month outcomes of MAKINGtheLINK among 2447 participants (Mean age=14.9 years, SD=0.5 years, 50% male). Randomisation resulted in 1130 students from 11 schools allocated to receive the intervention, and 1317 students from 10 schools allocated to the wait-list control group. After the..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

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. The trial was funded via a National Health and Medical Research Council Grant (AH11047492). The NHMRC had no role in the study design, its execution, analyses, interpretation of data, or decisions regarding where to submit results. The corresponding author confirms that they had full access to all the data in the study and had final responsibility for the decision to submit for publication.