Effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid training in Denmark: a randomized trial in waitlist design

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Kamilla B. Jensen, Britt Reuter Morthorst, Per B. Vendsborg, Carsten Hjorthøj, Merete Nordentoft

PURPOSE: To examine the effect of the Australian educational intervention Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in a Danish context. Primary outcome was improvement concerning confidence in help-giving behavior towards people suffering from mental illness. Secondary outcomes were increased knowledge and ability to recognize mental illness and improved positive attitudes towards people suffering from mental health problems.

METHOD: Study design was a randomized trial with a waitlist control group. The intervention group was compared with the control group at 6-month follow-up. Both groups completed at baseline and at 6-month follow-up.

RESULTS: A significant difference was found between employees trained in the intervention group compared to the control group at 6-month follow-up on the items of confidence in making contact to (Cohen's d 0.17), talking to (Cohen's d 0.18) and providing help to (Cohen's d 0.31) people suffering from a mental health illness. Further, participants improved in knowledge (Cohen's d depression vignette 0.40/Cohen's d schizophrenia vignette 0.32) and in the ability to recognize schizophrenia OR = 1.75 (95 % CI 1.00-3.05), p = 0.05. A significant difference between the intervention group and control group at follow-up concerning actual help offered was not found. Changes in attitudes were limited.

CONCLUSION: The MHFA training was effective in a Danish context.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Volume51
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)597-606
Number of pages10
ISSN0933-7954
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

    Research areas

  • Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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