This qualitative study was completed as an MSc in Public Health dissertation. The author, Graeme Potter, works for the Public Health & Wellbeing Directorate, NHS West Sussex.
The study examined how attendance on an MHFA course affects support provided by health professionals (health trainers with no prior training in mental health) to people experiencing mental health issues. Three health trainers were interviewed before taking the course and three months after taking the course. It found that:
and concluded that:
Potter, G. University of Brighton MSc in Public Health Dissertation. 2011: How are the skills learnt on Mental Health First Aid training used to help people with mental health problems?