Journal article

Quality and predictors of adolescents' first aid intentions and actions towards a peer with a mental health problem

Robert J Mason, Laura M Hart, Alyssia Rossetto, Anthony F Jorm



While peers are a common source of informal help for young people with a mental health problem, evidence suggests that the help they provide is inadequate. By examining predictors of the quality of mental health first aid provided by adolescents to their peers, future interventions can be targeted to adolescents most at risk of providing poor help. Students (n = 518) from Australian secondary schools were presented with two vignettes, depicting persons experiencing depression with suicidal thoughts, and social phobia. Participants were asked what they thought was wrong with the person, and how they would help them. Stigma towards the person was also assessed. Additionally, participants were ..

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Awarded by beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for the project was provided by beyondblue (2012VCoE046): the national depression and anxiety initiative. The authors also wish to thank Stefan Cvetkovski for his help with statistical analysis, and Betty Kitchener and Claire Kelly for their input into the teen MHFA scoring system.