Effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid for Chinese-Speaking International Students in Melbourne

Xiao Yu ZHUANG, Daniel Fu Keung WONG*, Ting Kin NG, Ada POON

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

Abstract

Purpose:
Chinese international students have been widely reported to lack recognition of their psychological problems and to delay treatment until their symptoms become rather disabling. The present study pioneered to evaluate the effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training in improving mental health knowledge among Chinese-speaking international tertiary students.

Method:
A quasi-experimental design was adopted, whereby 202 Chinese-speaking international students in Melbourne were assigned to the MHFA condition or a control condition. All participants completed a standardized questionnaire before, at the end, and 3 months after training. Data were analyzed using multilevel modeling.

Results:
The findings demonstrated that MHFA training might be effective in improving participants’ knowledge of mental disorders (i.e., recognition of symptoms, belief in helpful treatments, and understanding the biogenetic and psychosocial causes) and reducing stigma.

Conclusions:
The MHFA program has the potential to enhance mental health knowledge and promote help-seeking among Chinese-speaking international students.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104973151989039
Pages (from-to)275-287
Number of pages13
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume30
Issue number3
Early online date5 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Chinese international tertiary students
  • mental health first aid
  • mental health literacy
  • prevention and early intervention

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