Journal article

First aid strategies that are helpful to young people developing a mental disorder: beliefs of health professionals compared to young people and parents

Anthony F Jorm, Amy J Morgan, Annemarie Wright

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Little is known about the best ways for a member of the public to respond when someone in their social network develops a mental disorder. Controlled trials are not feasible in this area, so expert consensus may be the best guide. METHODS: To assess expert views, postal surveys were carried out with Australian GPs, psychiatrists and psychologists listed on professional registers and with mental health nurses who were members of a professional college. These professionals were asked to rate the helpfulness of 10 potential first aid strategies for young people with one of four disorders: depression, depression with alcohol misuse, social phobia and psychosis. Data were obtained fro..

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