Evaluating The Effectiveness And Capture The Experiences Of Adolescence That Went Through A School Based Mental Health Program

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Garmy and fellow authors performed a qualitative focus group design study to evaluate the effectiveness and capture the experiences of adolescence that went through a school based mental health program in Sweden. The majority of programs that have been implemented for depression are cognitive behavioral therapy based. Garmy points out that in Sweden students are mandated to go through nine years of education that is nationally controlled learning curriculum but that local school districts may also install extra activities such as mental health promotion and prevention programs. The program that the author evaluates is the Depression in Swedish Adolescents (DISA), which is not just for those who have indicated needs on screenings but is a…show more content…
The methods for this study was a lottery draw of two schools in Athens, Greece since there was no exclusion criteria since all Greek schools followed the same national curriculum. The study sample was 59 students aged 13-16 years old and the schools were broken into two groups, one school was the intervention group and the other school was the comparison group. Data was collected before and after the intervention program. The mental health intervention program was split into 7 parts: introduction, definition and description of mental health, teaching about the types of mental illness disorders and their causes, symptoms, and treatment, myths and facts about mental disorders, mental health promotion, resources available for mental health in Athens, Greece and a group discussion (Sakellari et al, 2014). Results of the intervention show that there were minor changes to the thoughts of those who went through the intervention program but the biggest difference came through the addition of the idea that mental illness is just like a physical illness that it needs to be treated as any other physical illness. Limitations of this study are the small sample group, which if performed in a bigger sample size may show more of an improvement in perception of mental illness. Lendrum and fellow authors performed a study evaluating the effectiveness and difficulties of implementing school based mental health programs. England created a program for the secondary

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