Do Universal School-based Mental Health Promotion programmes improve the Mental Health and Emotional Well-being of young people? A Literature Review

O'Connor, C and Dyson, Judith and Cowdell, Fiona and Watson, Roger (2017) Do Universal School-based Mental Health Promotion programmes improve the Mental Health and Emotional Well-being of young people? A Literature Review. Journal of Clinical Nursing. pp. 1-15. ISSN 09621067 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Aims and objectives: To examine evidence—using a range of outcomes—for the effectiveness of school-based mental health and emotional well-being programmes.
Background: It is estimated that 20% of young people experience mental health difficulties every year. Schools have been identified as an appropriate setting for providing
mental health and emotional well-being promotion prompting the need to determine whether current school-based programmes are effective in improving the
mental health and emotional well-being of young people.
Methods: A systematic search was conducted using the health and education databases, which identified 29 studies that measured the effectiveness of school-based
universal interventions. Prisma guidelines were used during the literature review process.
Results: Thematic analysis generated three key themes: (i) help seeking and coping; (ii) social and emotional well-being; and (iii) psycho-educational effectiveness.
Conclusion: It is concluded that whilst these studies show promising results, there is a need for further robust evaluative studies to guide future practice.
Relevance to clinical practice: All available opportunities should be taken to provide mental health promotion interventions to young people in the school environment,
with a requirement for educational professionals to be provided the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure that the school setting continues to be a beneficial environment
for conducting mental health promotion.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Fiona Cowdell
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2017 08:29
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 08:29
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5137

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