Mental Health MH15, 2018 – 2021

Culturally Appropriate Approach to Improving Health Outcomes

The overall aims of the proposed research are to:

1. Develop a culturally appropriate Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training program for China and Sri Lanka
2. Trial the effectiveness of this training in improving participant MHFA knowledge and skills
3. Develop suitable implementation models for sustainable MHFA training in China and Sri Lanka. Objectives

The objectives for achieving these aims are as follows: 1. Identify priority skill areas needed for a mental health first aider in middle income countries (MICs) in Asia; 2. Develop MHFA guidelines to cover the priority skill areas for MICs in Asia; 3. Conduct qualitative research and cost studies to inform the most appropriate implementation models for sustainable MHFA training in China and Sri Lanka; 4. Develop culturally appropriate MHFA training based on adaptations of the MIC guidelines; 5. Conduct feasibility trials of the newly-developed MHFA training in Sri Lanka and China; 6. Conduct randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of MHFA training in Sri Lanka and China. Hypothesis 1. MHFA training tailored to Sri Lanka and China will improve mental health first aid knowledge, reduce stigmatizing attitudes, increase intentions to provide support, confidence in providing support, and increase supportive behaviours towards people with mental health problems.

CIA Associate Professor Nicola Reavley Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

CIB Professor Anthony Jorm Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

CIC Professor Brian Oldenburg Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

CID Professor Yanling He Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine

Funding organisations

  • Mental Health MH15
  • China, Sri Lanka
  • 2018 – 2021