Youth mental health first aid: a description of the program and an initial evaluation

International Journal of Mental Health Systems 2011, 5:4doi:10.1186/17524458-5-4 Published: 27 January 2011

This article describes the Youth Mental Health First Aid program. The program was evaluated in two ways. The first was an uncontrolled trial with 246 adult members of the Australian public, who completed questionnaires immediately before attending the 14 hour course, one month later and six months later. Outcome measures were: recognition of schizophrenia or depression; intention to offer and confidence in offering assistance; stigmatising attitudes; knowledge about adolescent mental health problems and also about the Mental Health First Aid action plan. The second method of evaluation was to track the uptake of the program, including the number of instructors trained across Australia to deliver the course, the number of courses they delivered, and the uptake of the YMHFA Program in other countries.

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