This report includes a limited literature review of best practice in mental health promotion with young people. It identifies the information, training and support needs of those working in out-of-school settings when responding to emotional health issues of youth work participants. The report also details a user friendly information resource for those working in the out-of-school setting that contains guidelines and information for sustaining mental health promotion initiatives.
To promote the mental health of young people in out-of-school settings.
Models and tools
In-depth one-to-one interviews (n=4), a consultation/training day on mental health and young people (n=14) and questionnaires were administered prior to and during group meetings for the reference group. One-to-one interviews were held with all members of the key informant group (n=5) and one-to-one communication with the project officer (who was responsible for overseeing this piece of research) through mail, e-mail and phone calls.
Swinburne, L., & Mason, T. (2004). Good habits of mind: a mental health promotion initiative for those working with young people in out-of-school settings. Dublin: National Youth Health Programme.
The reference group comprised of those who work directly with young people in out-of-school settings. The key informants comprised of a Health Service Executive representative in youth health, a representative from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services, two representatives from a Counselling Service for Adolescents and a representative of Mental Health Ireland.
Good habits of mind: a mental health promotion initiative for those working with young people in out-of-school settings.