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Delivering Mental Health First Aid: an exploration of instructors’ views

Byrne, Kate, McGowan, Iain and Cousins, Wendy (2015) Delivering Mental Health First Aid: an exploration of instructors’ views. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 17 (1). pp. 1-19. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14623730.2014.995422

DOI: 10.1080/14623730.2014.995422


Mental health literacy among the general public is poor; many people lack the skills to provide early intervention and suicide prevention strategies. ‘Mental Health First Aid’ (MHFA) is a 12-hour mental health promotion programme offering a tool kit and action plan supporting participants to engage with those experiencing a mental health difficulty. Exploring the MHFA model, this study aims to capture the views of experienced MHFA instructors, sharing their journey of programme delivery in Northern Ireland. A focus group of six instructors participated in a semi-structured recorded meeting, transcripts of which were analysed and key themes identified using a pragmatic approach to schematic content analysis. This study identifies and explores four themes: future roll out, instructor skills, challenges, networks and motivation.Results indicate that complex strategies are employed in delivering MHFA training,while the conclusion calls for the development of a mental health public awareness campaign and continuation of the MHFA programme.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Mental Health First Aid, health literacy, instructors, early intervention, occupational health, mental health promotion
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:30904
Deposited By: Dr Wendy Cousins
Deposited On:20 Jan 2015 08:57
Last Modified:04 Aug 2017 12:41

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