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Mental Health First Aid Training in a Workplace Setting
ISRCTN ISRCTN13249129
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN13249129
ClinicalTrials.gov identifier
EudraCT number
Public title Mental Health First Aid Training in a Workplace Setting
Scientific title
Acronym N/A
Serial number at source N/A
Study hypothesis The Mental Health First Aid course was favorably evaluated in an uncontrolled trial published in 2002. This study evaluated the same course using a wait-list control group. The major hypothesis was that Mental Health First Aid training would improve mental health literacy and helping skills relative to a wait-list control. A secondary hypothesis was that it would benefit the participants' own mental health. The trial found a number of benefits from the training, including greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes. There was also an improvement in participants' mental health.
Lay summary
Ethics approval Not provided at time of registration
Study design Randomised controlled trial
Countries of recruitment Australia
Disease/condition/study domain Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Participants - inclusion criteria Employees of two Australian government departments. The trial examines the ability of participants to provide initial help to people who have a mental disorder.
Participants - exclusion criteria Not provided at time of registration
Anticipated start date 01/04/2003
Anticipated end date 30/11/2003
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material
Target number of participants 301
Interventions Participants are randomly assigned to receive either the Mental Health First Aid course or no intervention. (The control group receives the course once the trial is finished). The Mental Health First Aid course trains members of the public to provide initial help to people in mental health crisis situations and in the early stages of a mental disorder.
Primary outcome measure(s) Recognition of mental disorders in vignettes, beliefs about treatments for the persons in the vignettes, social distance from people with mental disorders, amount of contact with people with mental disorders, confidence in providing help to others, amount and type of help provided to others, participant mental health.
Secondary outcome measure(s) Not provided at time of registration
Sources of funding National Health and Medical Research Council
Trial website
Publications Results on http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15310395
Contact name Prof  Anthony  Jorm
  Address Centre for Mental Health Research

Australian National University
  City/town Canberra
  Zip/Postcode 0200
  Country Australia
  Tel +61 2 61258414
  Fax +61 2 61250733
  Email anthony.jorm@anu.edu.au
Sponsor Australian Centre for Mental Health Research
  Address Australian National University
  City/town Canberra
  Zip/Postcode 0200
  Country Australia
  Tel +61 2 61258414
  Fax +61 2 61250733
  Email anthony.jorm@anu.edu.au
Date applied 22/11/2003
Last edited 10/09/2007
Date ISRCTN assigned 01/12/2003
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