Pilot evaluation of a brief training video aimed at reducing mental health stigma amongst emergency first responders (the ENHANcE II study)

Hazell, Cassie M, Fielding-Smith, Sarah, Koc, Yasin and Hayward, Mark (2022) Pilot evaluation of a brief training video aimed at reducing mental health stigma amongst emergency first responders (the ENHANcE II study). Journal of Mental Health. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0963-8237

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Abstract

Background
First responders (i.e. police and ambulance staff) have increasingly become part of the mental health care system, often being the first port of call for those experiencing a crisis. Despite their frequent involvement in supporting those with mental health problems, there is evidence that mental health stigma is high amongst first responders.

Aims
The aim of the present study was to evaluate a brief training video aimed at reducing mental health stigma amongst first responders.

Methods
First responders watched a training video based on the cognitive behavioural model of mental health stigma, and involved contributions from people with lived experience, and first responders. Measures of mental health stigma were collected before and after viewing the training.

Results
The training video produced small but significant improvements in mental health stigma, and these effects did not differ between police and ambulance staff. We were unable to determine what psychological constructs mediated this change in stigma. The feedback on the training video was generally positive, but also indicated some key areas for future development.

Conclusions
The present study provides encouraging evidence that levels of mental health stigma can be improved using a resource-light training intervention.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Mental health, ambulance, first responders, police, stigma, training
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2022 11:36
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 11:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/108545

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