Guidelines for the public on how to provide mental health first aid: narrative review
AuthorJorm, AF; Ross, AM
Source TitleBJPsych Open
PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
AffiliationMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsJorm, A. F. & Ross, A. M. (2018). Guidelines for the public on how to provide mental health first aid: narrative review. BJPSYCH OPEN, 4 (6), pp.427-440. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2018.58.
Access StatusOpen Access
Background: Expert-consensus guidelines have been developed for how members of the public should assist a person with a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Aims: This review aimed to examine the range of guidelines that have been developed and how these have been implemented in practice. Method: A narrative review was carried out based on a systematic search for literature on the development or implementation of the guidelines. Results: The Delphi method has been used to develop a wide range of guidelines for English-speaking countries, Asian countries and a number of other cultural groups. The primary implementation has been through informing the content of training courses. Conclusion: Further work is needed on guidelines for low- and middle-income countries. Declaration of interest: A.F.J. is an unpaid member of the Board of Mental Health First Aid International (trading as Mental Health First Aid Australia), which is a not-for-profit organisation.
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