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

A Mental Health First Aid course has been developed which trains members of the public in how to give initial help in mental health crisis situations and to support people developing mental health problems. This course has previously been evaluated in a randomized controlled trial in a workplace setting and found to produce a number of positive effects. However, this was an efficacy trial under relatively ideal conditions. The present trial is an effectiveness trial in which the course was given under more typical conditions. The hypotheses were that individuals trained in Mental Health First Aid, when compared to wait-list controls, would have increased knowledge of mental disorders and their treatments, decreased social distance, increased confidence in providing help, and that they would provide greater help to people experiencing mental health problems. The findings were that training produced significantly greater recognition of the disorders, increased agreeement with health professionals about which interventions are likely to be helpful, decreased social distance, increased confidence in providing help to others, and an increase in help actually provided. There was no change in the number of people with mental health problems that trainees had contact with nore in the percentage advising someone to seek professional help.

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 Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Recognition of mental disorders in vignettes, agreeement with health professionals about which interventions are likely to be helpful for the persons portrayed in the vignettes, social distance from people with mental disorders, confidence in providing help to others, contact with people with mental disorders, amount and type of help actually provided.

Secondary outcome measures

Not provided at time of registration

Overall trial start date

01/10/2002

Overall trial end date

31/10/2003

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Members of the public living in a rural area of Australia. The trial examines the ability of participants to provide initial help to people who have a mental disorder.
There were 753 participants, 416 in the intervention group and 337 in the control group. These were members of the community, not patients.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Not Specified

Gender

Not Specified

Target number of participants

753

Participant exclusion criteria

Not provided at time of registration

Recruitment start date

01/10/2002

Recruitment end date

31/10/2003

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 council

Website

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

New South Wales Department of Health,

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

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: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15500695

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Jorm AF, Kitchener BA, O'Kearney R, Dear KB, Mental health first aid training of the public in a rural area: a cluster randomized trial [ISRCTN53887541]., BMC Psychiatry, 2004, 4, 33, doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-4-33.

Additional files

Editorial Notes