This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition mental health impairment
Treatment mental health first-aid
Sponsor Mental Health Services in the Capital Region, Denmark
Collaborator TrygFonden, Denmark
Start date September 2013
End date January 2015
Trial size 538 participants
Trial identifier NCT02334020, MHFA Evaluation


The purpose of the study is evaluate the effect of the Mental Health First-aid training course on a Danish population of employees.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (investigator)
Primary purpose health services research
12 hour training course in Mental Health First-aid
mental health first-aid
2 days training course providing information on severe mental illness, in order to make people able to support in situations of crisis
Waiting list design, hence delayed offering of Mental Health First-aid
mental health first-aid
2 days training course providing information on severe mental illness, in order to make people able to support in situations of crisis

Primary Outcomes

Increased confidence in help-giving behaviour as measured by comparing the intervention group after having attended the training course with the control group. (questionnaire)
time frame: 6 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: people, who in their line of work are in contact with many different individuals Exclusion Criteria: none

Additional Information

Official title Effectiveness of Mental Health First-Aid Training in Denmark. A Randomized Controlled Trial With a Six-Month Follow-Up Supplemented With a Qualitative Study
Principal investigator Merete Nordentoft, Prof. Dr.med
Description Background: Studies show a high and growing prevalence of mental disorders in the population worldwide. 25 % of the general population in Europe will during their lifetime experience symptoms related to a mental disorder. The Mental Health First Aid concept (MHFA) was founded in 2000 in Australia by Kitchener and Jorm, in order to provide the population with mental health first aid skills. Objective: The aim of the concept is, through an educational intervention (course), to increase confidence in how to help people suffering from mental health problems. Further, secondary aims are to increase the mental health literacy of the public by increasing knowledge, reduce stigma and initiate more supportive actions leading towards professional help. An investigation of the effect of MHFA offered a Danish population is needed. Design and Methods: The design is a randomized controlled superiority trial, in which 500 participants will be allocated to either the intervention group or the control group. The control group will attend the course six months later, hence waiting list design. From fall 2013 to spring 2014 participants will be educated in Mental Health First-aid following a manualized, two days MHFA course. All the participants will answer a questionnaire at base-line and at 6 months follow-up. The questionnaire is a back-translation of the questionnaire used in Australian trials. The trial will be complemented by a qualitative study, in which focus groups will be carried out. Outcome: The primary outcome measure is increased confidence in help-giving behavior among the participants. Secondary outcome will be increased knowledge of and improved positive attitudes towards people suffering from a mental health problem.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in April 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Mental Health Services in the Capital Region, Denmark.