Evaluation of the iHEART mental health education programme on resilience and wellbeing of UK secondary school adolescents
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AbstractPurpose There is abundant evidence of impaired mental well-being in adolescents and young adults. We present the findings of a preliminary study based on a novel structured mental health education programme – Innate Health Education and Resilience Training (iHEART) – in a cohort of secondary school adolescents in the UK. Methodology A curriculum-based 10-week programme was delivered by trained facilitators. 205 students enrolled in the study. An additional 64 participants were within an age-matched non-intervention control group. A non-randomised control mixed methodology approach was used. All students, pre- and post-programme, completed a quantitative questionnaire – the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Survey. Qualitative measures were used to assess participants’ perceptions of changes in their resilience and mental well-being. Findings Those who received the intervention showed a small improvement in mental well-being relative to those who did not; with a similar change in resilience. Qualitative findings regarding impulse control and emotional resilience provided positive findings. Originality/Value iHEART may be a promising new intervention offering a step change in mental health education for improving resilience, mental well-being and the ability for participants to navigate psychological challenges.
CitationKelly, T. at al. (2021) Evaluation of the iHEART mental health education programme on resilience and wellbeing of UK secondary school adolescents, Journal of Public Mental Health, 20 (1), pp. 43-50. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMH-03-2020-0019
JournalJournal of Public Mental Health
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article due to be published by Emerald in Journal of Public Mental Health on 11/01/2021, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMH-03-2020-0019 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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