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Working Things Out Through SPHE ? A Journey from Community to Clinic and Back

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Abstract:

Working Things Out is a DVD resource developed by young people who had experienced a mental health difficulty in which they tell their stories of how they successfully got through their own 'tough times'. Participants in an Irish community-based epidemiological study, who had recovered from a mental health difficulty, joined young people attending a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service to develop the resource to assist other young people in coping with their own mental health difficulties. While originally developed for use with clinical populations, the resource has been developed to enhance the Mental Health promotion component of the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Programme, which supports the personal development, health and well-being of Irish young people, and forms part of the school curriculum at both primary and secondary school levels. A preliminary pilot study evaluating its use in enhancing the effectiveness of mental health promotion in the SPHE programme has shown promising results, and the empirical effectiveness of the programme is currently being evaluated in a much larger and randomised controlled trial in some 18 Irish Secondary schools.

Keywords: CLINIC/COMMUNITY LINKS; PEER MODELLING; SCHOOLS MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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  • Published by The Clifford Beers Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Advances in School Mental Health Promotion emphasises the interconnectedness of research, policy, training and practice and the opportunities to make progress in all these areas through global dialogue, collaboration and action. Mark Weist (University of South Carolina and former director/senior advisor of the Center for School Mental Health) and Michael Murray (The Clifford Beers Foundation) are the editors, supported by a distinguished international editorial board.

    Advances in School Mental Health Promotion is an academic journal that co-ordinates the dissemination of new research outcomes to all those involved in policy making and the implementation of mental health promotion in schools and is essential reading for those with a personal or professional interest in this work.

    Peer reviewed by an expert international board, the Journal is a comprehensive information resource which publishes material of distinction submitted by those with a clinical, professional, academic or personal interest in promoting mental health in schools

    The aim of the Journal is to increase awareness, foster understanding and promote collaboration between the different disciplines engaged in this diverse activity of study.

    Advances in School Mental Health Promotion is the official journal of the International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools (InterCAMHS), an alliance that aims to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

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