Do Mental Health First Aid™ courses enhance knowledge?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620421
Title:
Do Mental Health First Aid™ courses enhance knowledge?
Authors:
Morrissey, Hana; Moss, Simon; Alexi, Nektarios; Ball, Patrick
Abstract:
Purpose Biased assumptions and unhelpful tendencies in human nature can lead people who are experiencing mental illness to shun help and support. Mental illness is often perceived as immutable and/or a sign of weakness. Even those seeking support may not receive the assistance they need. Advice may be unsuitable or people feel too nervous and challenged to help. The Mental Health First Aid™ courses, like general first aid, are designed to enhance community knowledge and thereby support appropriate assistance. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the extent to which this is achieved. Design/methodology/approach An educational audit based upon a short quiz administered anonymously to 162 tertiary students from a range of disciplines, before and after delivery of the standard 12 hour Mental Health First Aid™ course. This was used to examine assumptions and proposed actions before and after training. Findings Analysis of the 162 responses found that the Mental Health First Aid™ courses significantly improve knowledge. This has the potential to increase understanding and support for those suffering mental illness. Research limitations/implications This educational audit looked only at knowledge improvement. Whether this really does translate into improved outcomes requires further investigation. Practical implications Tertiary students who are enrolled in health courses and others which involve human interaction as provision of services will be empowered with skills that enable them to interact with those who they will be serving at well-informed level and equity. Social implications Social inclusion and de-stigmatising mental health issues Originality/value Mental health first aid courses potentially enable individuals who are not otherwise involved in mental health to assist people in need.
Citation:
Do Mental Health First Aid™ courses enhance knowledge? 2017, 12 (2):69 The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Issue Date:
13-Mar-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620421
DOI:
10.1108/JMHTEP-01-2016-0003
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/10.1108/JMHTEP-01-2016-0003
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1755-6228
Appears in Collections:
FSE

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dc.contributor.authorMorrissey, Hanaen
dc.contributor.authorMoss, Simonen
dc.contributor.authorAlexi, Nektariosen
dc.contributor.authorBall, Patricken
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-16T14:34:35Z-
dc.date.available2017-03-16T14:34:35Z-
dc.date.issued2017-03-13-
dc.identifier.citationDo Mental Health First Aid™ courses enhance knowledge? 2017, 12 (2):69 The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practiceen
dc.identifier.issn1755-6228en
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/JMHTEP-01-2016-0003-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620421-
dc.description.abstractPurpose Biased assumptions and unhelpful tendencies in human nature can lead people who are experiencing mental illness to shun help and support. Mental illness is often perceived as immutable and/or a sign of weakness. Even those seeking support may not receive the assistance they need. Advice may be unsuitable or people feel too nervous and challenged to help. The Mental Health First Aid™ courses, like general first aid, are designed to enhance community knowledge and thereby support appropriate assistance. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the extent to which this is achieved. Design/methodology/approach An educational audit based upon a short quiz administered anonymously to 162 tertiary students from a range of disciplines, before and after delivery of the standard 12 hour Mental Health First Aid™ course. This was used to examine assumptions and proposed actions before and after training. Findings Analysis of the 162 responses found that the Mental Health First Aid™ courses significantly improve knowledge. This has the potential to increase understanding and support for those suffering mental illness. Research limitations/implications This educational audit looked only at knowledge improvement. Whether this really does translate into improved outcomes requires further investigation. Practical implications Tertiary students who are enrolled in health courses and others which involve human interaction as provision of services will be empowered with skills that enable them to interact with those who they will be serving at well-informed level and equity. Social implications Social inclusion and de-stigmatising mental health issues Originality/value Mental health first aid courses potentially enable individuals who are not otherwise involved in mental health to assist people in need.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/10.1108/JMHTEP-01-2016-0003en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practiceen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectstigmaen
dc.subjectmental health knowledgeen
dc.subjectself-help and help seekingen
dc.subjectmental health and mental illnessen
dc.subjectsocial supporten
dc.titleDo Mental Health First Aid™ courses enhance knowledge?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThe Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practiceen
dc.date.accepted2017-01-
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