A Randomized Control Trial of a Community Mental Health Intervention for Military Personnel
Final rept. 27 Sep 2010-26 Sep 2014
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This research study tested whether a military adaptation of the Mental Health First Aid mMHFA program changes knowledge about and attitudes toward mental health in the military, stigma associated with mental health issues, and use of appropriate referral and support practices for helping someone in need. Phase one of the study consisted of developing the military and veterans module for MHFA. Phase two consisted of a pilot study with four armories from the Kansas Army National Guard. Pilot study results were mixed, with clear trends showing enhanced knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and confidence and reduced stigma among people who took the training. However, there were no intervention effects detected at the community level based on a random survey of guard members in each armory. Overall, the study results indicate that the military and veterans MHFA intervention is acceptable and feasible for National Guard armories, and is a promising intervention that warrants further study in a larger cluster randomized controlled trial to detect intervention effects.
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