Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
22/11/2003
Date assigned
01/12/2003
Last edited
10/09/2007
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof Anthony Jorm

ORCID ID

Contact details

Centre for Mental Health Research
Australian National University
Canberra
0200
Australia
+61 2 61258414
anthony.jorm@anu.edu.au

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

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.

Ethics approval

Not provided at time of registration

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Not specified

Trial type

Not Specified

Patient information sheet

Condition

Mental and Behavioural Disorders

Intervention

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.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

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 measures

Not provided at time of registration

Overall trial start date

01/04/2003

Overall trial end date

30/11/2003

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant 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.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

301

Participant exclusion criteria

Not provided at time of registration

Recruitment start date

01/04/2003

Recruitment end date

30/11/2003

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Australia

Trial participating centre

Centre for Mental Health Research
Canberra
0200
Australia

Sponsor information

Organisation

Australian Centre for Mental Health Research

Sponsor details

Australian National University
Canberra
0200
Australia
+61 2 61258414
anthony.jorm@anu.edu.au

Sponsor type

Research organisation

Website

Funders

Funder type

Research organisation

Funder name

National Health and Medical Research Council

Alternative name(s)

NHMRC

Funding Body Type

government organisation

Funding Body Subtype

Federal/National Government

Location

Australia

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Results on http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15310395

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Kitchener BA, Jorm AF, Mental health first aid training in a workplace setting: a randomized controlled trial [ISRCTN13249129]., BMC Psychiatry, 2004, 4, 23, doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-4-23.

Additional files

Editorial Notes