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MAKINGtheLINK : a school-based health promotion programme to increase help-seeking for cannabis and mental health issues among adolescents

Berridge, Bonita J., Hall, Kate, Dillon, Paul, Hides, Leanne and Lubman, Dan I. 2011, MAKINGtheLINK : a school-based health promotion programme to increase help-seeking for cannabis and mental health issues among adolescents, Early intervention in psychiatry, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 81-88, doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7893.2010.00252.x.

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Title MAKINGtheLINK : a school-based health promotion programme to increase help-seeking for cannabis and mental health issues among adolescents
Author(s) Berridge, Bonita J.
Hall, KateORCID iD for Hall, Kate orcid.org/0000-0001-8648-0313
Dillon, Paul
Hides, Leanne
Lubman, Dan I.
Journal name Early intervention in psychiatry
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 81
End page 88
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1751-7885
1751-7893
Keyword(s) adolescent
cannabis
help-seeking
mental health
school
Summary Aim: There is increasing concern regarding the use of cannabis among adolescents, especially given recent evidence highlighting its link with later mental disorders. Encouraging young people with mental health or drug issues to seek professional help is an important early intervention strategy; however, adolescents are typically reluctant to do so and instead turn to their peers for help. Peers may not have the skills or knowledge required to assist their friends to access professional help. This paper describes the development and evaluation of MAKINGtheLINK, a school-based health promotion programme that promotes help-seeking behaviour for mental health and cannabis use issues among young people.

Methods: The MAKINGtheLINK programme was piloted with 182 Year 10 students at a secondary school in Melbourne, Australia. Forty teachers received the MAKINGtheLINK staff professional development session.

Results: The delivery of the MAKINGtheLINK programme was found to be both acceptable and feasible within a school setting. Students and teachers described it as a fun, engaging, helpful and important programme. Students reported increased confidence and awareness of how to seek help for themselves or a friend, and teachers indicated increased confidence and awareness of how to assist students to seek help for cannabis use and/or mental health problems.

Conclusions: MAKINGtheLINK was successfully implemented within the school curriculum. We believe this is the first school-based programme that specifically focuses on facilitating professional help-seeking for cannabis use and mental health problems among young people, and demonstrates that utilizing peer models for help-seeking is a valuable resource for early intervention initiatives.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1751-7893.2010.00252.x
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052329

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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