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What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves. Mental health first aid strategies are taught through guidelines and in training courses developed and conducted by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia. MHFA is a multi-award winning program developed in 2000 by Betty Kitchener and Professor Tony Jorm with the aim to improve the mental health literacy of members of the Australian community.

The program has solid evidence for its effectiveness from many research studies. For more information click here.

What are MHFA guidelines?

In order to improve the quality of the mental health first aid techniques being taught to the public in our courses, MHFA Australia and researchers in the Mental Health Literacy Research Team lead by Professor Tony Jorm (now the Population Mental Health Group at the University of Melbourne) have developed guidelines on what constitutes best practice first aid, as informed by expert consensus (i.e. consensus-based guidelines). MHFA Course curriculum in face to face and eLearning is based on these guidelines. View all published research on MHFA Course development (i.e. MHFA Guidelines development) here.

What is the purpose of this research

The purpose of this research is to investigate the impact of downloading the gambling guidelines on providing assistance to someone with gambling problems.

Who is conducting this research?

This research is being conducted by a team from the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, and Mental Health First Aid Australia, a not-for-profit company. The investigators in this research are affiliated with Mental Health First Aid Australia: Tony Jorm is Chair of the Board, Betty Kitchener is CEO and Kathy Bond is a research officer.

What will I be asked to do?

To track the usefulness of the gambling guidelines, you will be asked to complete questionnaires just after downloading the guidelines and one month after downloading the guidelines. The questionnaires will be completed online and it is estimated that the first will take around 5 minutes to complete. The second survey will take about 20 minutes.

Is participation in this research confidential?

All information provided when responding to the questionnaires is confidential. All results from the questionnaires will be published in the form of group percentages and not individual responses. The information provided by participants will be stored electronically and held under password protection, for a minimum period of 5 years. The data will not be used for any purposes other than those described here. A link to the second questionnaire will be sent to your email address individually.

How will the outcome/results of this research be made public?

The findings of this research will be published in a scientific journal, on the mental health first aid website (www.mhfa.com.au) and in training materials for adults. Results may also be presented and discussed at local, national and international conferences on youth mental health, or mental health first aid.

What if I change my mind?

Participation in this research is voluntary. You are able to stop participation in the training, or in the questionnaires, at any time. You can also withdraw your data by contacting the researchers. If you decide to withdraw from this research, all contact details will be deleted immediately.

Are there any risks?

Some people may find answering questions that require reflection on providing mental health first aid a little distressing because it can be difficult to think and talk about mental illness. However, most participants also report benefits from having learnt about how they can help others with a mental illness. If you are distressed about the issues discussed in the training or in the questionnaires, there are a number of services that are available for you to contact, provided at the end of this survey.

What are the benefits?

There are no direct benefits to you. If found to be effective, the guidelines will be used by the MHFA program to inform training courses. Participation in this research will therefore benefit future course participants across Australia and internationally, who receive the MHFA training. In long run, this project has the potential to lead to better community support for people who are experiencing gambling problems, by providing guidance to their friends, family, and co-workers.

How can I get further information?

If you would like further information before deciding whether to participate, please contact Kathy Bond, Research Officer, Mental Health First Aid Australia. Tel: +61 3 9079 0207 or email: kathybond@mhfa.com.au.

If you have concerns about the scientific aspects of the study, please contact Professor Tony Jorm, Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne. Tel: +61 3 9035 7799 or email: ajorm@unimelb.edu.au.

This research has been approved by the Eastern Health Human Research Ethics Committee, Tel: 03 9895 3398, Email: ethics@easternhealth.org.au

HREC LR98/2015 Version 2. 7 Sept 2015

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