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 A and Dyson, J and Cowdell, F and Watson, R (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. ISSN 1365-2702

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Abstract

AIM

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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Health and Wellbeing
UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Depositing User: $ Lucy Land
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 08:58
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2017 08:58
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5184

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