Journal article

Lessons learnt from the field: a qualitative evaluation of adolescent experiences of a universal mental health education program

CL Johnson, LM Hart, A Rossetto, AJ Morgan, AF Jorm



teen Mental Health First Aid (teenMHFA) is a school-based mental health program that trains adolescents to support peers who are experiencing mental health problems or crises. The program has been evaluated for adolescents aged 15-18 years as part of a randomized controlled trial, however qualitative feedback from students on their perceptions of the program is yet to be explored. The current study describes the perspectives of students who took part in the trial. Feedback on the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the program was provided by 979 Year 10 students (M = 15.82 years, female = 43.94%, English as a first language = 72.77%) at four government funded public schools in Melbourne, ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a Mental Health Research grant awarded to L.M, A.M, A.R and A.F.J by Australian Rotary Health and by a National Health and Medical Research Council Grant awarded to A.F.J. These sponsors had no role in the (1) study design; (2) the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; (3) the writing of the report and (4) the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.