The Youth Aware of Mental Health Programme (YAM)
PHE ePoster Library. ONeill G. 09/12/19; 274358; 164
Gill ONeill
Gill ONeill
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Abstract Introduction
The Youth Aware of Mental Health Programme (YAM) has been found to be effective at improving several mental health outcomes in children aged 13-15 years, such as reducing depression and suicidal thoughts. YAM is a structured program which is delivered by trained facilitators in year 9 and offers a hands-on approach to mental health issues. An implementation evaluation has been wrapped around the introduction of YAM in mainstream secondary schools in County Durham to understand how feasible it is to deliver this intervention within an English education system. Partners involved: Durham County Council public health, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Durham County Council Emotional Wellbeing and Effective learning team and Teesside University.MethodologyA process iterative implementation evaluation of process and delivery of the YAM delivery model.
Results
The evaluation included seven secondary schools in phase 1 and six in phase 2.Pupils: Improved understanding of mental health and the need to provide a safe environment to explore mental health. School Staff: Increased understanding of YAM and personal development; initiating and sustaining YAM; balancing behaviour management support with the right environment for pupils.Programme Co-ordinators: facilitators to implementing YAM and the positive impact and experiences of YAM. Delivery Staff: The initial training and understanding of YAM and benefits of YAM for staff and students were positive.
Conclusion
The introduction of YAM has been well received by pupils, schools and those facilitating with qualitative evidence demonstrating positive impact. The implementation evaluation has shown that YAM should be adopted. External funding details
Abstract Introduction
The Youth Aware of Mental Health Programme (YAM) has been found to be effective at improving several mental health outcomes in children aged 13-15 years, such as reducing depression and suicidal thoughts. YAM is a structured program which is delivered by trained facilitators in year 9 and offers a hands-on approach to mental health issues. An implementation evaluation has been wrapped around the introduction of YAM in mainstream secondary schools in County Durham to understand how feasible it is to deliver this intervention within an English education system. Partners involved: Durham County Council public health, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Durham County Council Emotional Wellbeing and Effective learning team and Teesside University.MethodologyA process iterative implementation evaluation of process and delivery of the YAM delivery model.
Results
The evaluation included seven secondary schools in phase 1 and six in phase 2.Pupils: Improved understanding of mental health and the need to provide a safe environment to explore mental health. School Staff: Increased understanding of YAM and personal development; initiating and sustaining YAM; balancing behaviour management support with the right environment for pupils.Programme Co-ordinators: facilitators to implementing YAM and the positive impact and experiences of YAM. Delivery Staff: The initial training and understanding of YAM and benefits of YAM for staff and students were positive.
Conclusion
The introduction of YAM has been well received by pupils, schools and those facilitating with qualitative evidence demonstrating positive impact. The implementation evaluation has shown that YAM should be adopted. External funding details
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