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Evaluation of an online youth ambassador program to promote mental health

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Beamish, N and Cannan, P and Fujiyama, H and Matthews, A and Spiranovic, CA and Briggs, K and Kirkby, K and Mobsby, C and Daniels, B, Evaluation of an online youth ambassador program to promote mental health, Youth Studies Australia, 30, (2) pp. 41-47. ISSN 1038-2569 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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2011 Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS)

Official URL: http://www.acys.info/ysa/issues/v.30_n.2_2011

Abstract

To evaluate an online Youth Ambassador (YA) program designed to promote Internet resources for mental health in an adolescent population, 56 YAs and 357 of their Year 10 peers from 11 Tasmanian schools completed e-mental health questionnaires before and after the YAs attended a single workshop session. The workshops, which were delivered in the high school setting, were either facilitated or self-directed. Self-reported awareness of e-mental health resources increased among both YAs and their peers. The peer group also showed increased frequency of recommending help-seeking to others. There were no differences in outcomes for facilitated or self-directed workshop formats. The results suggest that an online YA program delivered in school is useful in improving mental health awareness for workshop participants. While their Year 10 peer groups also showed increased awareness, this could not necessarily be attributed to the participation of all 11 schools in the YA program.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Beamish, N (Dr Nicky Beamish)
Author:Cannan, P (Miss Philippa Cannan)
Author:Fujiyama, H (Dr Hakuei Fujiyama)
Author:Matthews, A (Dr Allison Matthews)
Author:Spiranovic, CA (Dr Caroline Spiranovic)
Author:Briggs, K (Ms Kate Briggs)
Author:Kirkby, K (Professor Kenneth Kirkby)
Author:Daniels, B (Dr Brett Daniels)
ID Code:75506
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2012-02-01
Last Modified:2012-05-28
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