Journal article

Experiences in applying skills learned in a mental health first aid training course: a qualitative study of participants' stories

Anthony F Jorm, Betty A Kitchener, Stephen K Mugford

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BMC | Published : 2005


BACKGROUND: Given the high prevalence of mental disorders and the comparatively low rate of professional help-seeking, it is useful for members of the public to have some skills in how to assist people developing mental disorders. A Mental Health First Aid course has been developed to provide these skills. Two randomized controlled trials of this course have shown positive effects on participants' knowledge, attitudes and behavior. However, these trials have provided limited data on participants' subsequent experiences in providing first aid. To remedy this, a study was carried out gathering stories from participants in one of the trials, 19-21 months post-training. METHODS: Former course pa..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council. Program Grant. We thank Kelly Blewitt and Nicole Burgess for their assistance with the study and our colleagues who were involved in the original cluster randomized trial, particularly Richard O'Kearney and Karen Peterson. The original trial was funded by the Health Promotion Demonstration Research Grants Scheme of the New South Wales Department of Health.