Journal article

Long-term effects of Youth Mental Health First Aid training: randomized controlled trial with 3-year follow-up

Amy J Morgan, Julie-Anne A Fischer, Laura M Hart, Claire M Kelly, Betty A Kitchener, Nicola J Reavley, Marie BH Yap, Anthony F Jorm

BMC Psychiatry | BMC | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training teaches community members how to provide initial support to someone with a mental health problem. Key gaps in the evidence base supporting the training are the longevity of effects beyond 6 months, effects on mental health first aid behavior, and the impact of support on the recipient of aid. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of the Youth MHFA course 3 years after training. METHODS: 384 Australian parents of an adolescent aged 12-15 were randomized to receive either the 14-h Youth MHFA course or the 15-h Australian Red Cross Provide First Aid course. This paper reports outcomes at baseline and 3 years later. Primary outcomes were case..

View full abstract


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The trial was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (APP1042772), which played no role in the design of the study, data collection, analysis, interpretation of data or writing of the manuscript. AJ (APP1059785), NR (APP1083394) and MY (APP1061744) were supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowships. AM is supported by a C.R. Roper Fellowship.