Journal article

Mental health first aid training by e-learning: a randomized controlled trial

Anthony F Jorm, Betty A Kitchener, Julie-Anne Fischer, Stefan Cvetkovski

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2010


OBJECTIVE: Mental Health First Aid training is a course for the public that teaches how to give initial help to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The present study evaluated the effects of Mental Health First Aid training delivered by e-learning on knowledge about mental disorders, stigmatizing attitudes and helping behaviour. METHOD: A randomized controlled trial was carried out with 262 members of the Australian public. Participants were randomly assigned to complete an e-learning CD, read a Mental Health First Aid manual or be in a waiting list control group. The effects of the interventions were evaluated using online questionnaires pre- and post-t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Betty Kitchener and Anthony Jorm are developers of the Mental Health First Aid training programme. Funding was provided by Australian Rotary Health, a National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship, and the Colonial Foundation. The development of the e-learning course was supported by funding from the Australian Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. The authors alone are responsible for the content and writing of the paper.