Feasibility and Acceptability of the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) Intervention in US Adolescents
AuthorLindow, Janet C.
Hughes, Jennifer L.
Trivedi, Madhukar H.
Byerly, Matthew J.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Psychiat
KeywordsYouth Aware of Mental Health
suicide prevention intervention
mental health promotion
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PublisherTaylor and Francis Online
CitationJanet C. Lindow, Jennifer L. Hughes, Charles South, Luis Gutierrez, Elizabeth Bannister, Madhukar H. Trivedi & Matthew J. Byerly (2019) Feasibility and Acceptability of the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) Intervention in US Adolescents, Archives of Suicide Research, DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2019.1624667
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Rights© 2019 International Academy for Suicide Research
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AbstractSuicide is the second leading cause of death among US adolescents, and rates of suicide among youth have been increasing for the past decade. This study assessed the feasibility and acceptability of the universal, school-based Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) program, a promising mental health promotion and suicide primary prevention intervention, in US youth. Using an uncontrolled design, the feasibility and acceptability of delivering and studying YAM were assessed in Montana and Texas schools. Thirteen of 16 (81.3%) schools agreed to support YAM delivery, and five Montana and 6 Texas schools were included in analyses. Facilitators delivered YAM in 78 classes (1,878 students) as regular high school curriculum. Of the total number of students who received YAM, 519 (27.6%) provided parental consent and assent. 436 (84.0%) consented students participated in pre- and post-surveys. Students, parents, and school staff found YAM highly acceptable based on satisfaction surveys. In summary, this study found YAM feasible to implement in US schools. Results also suggest students, parents, and school staff supported school-based programs and were highly satisfied with the YAM program. A randomized controlled trial is warranted to test the efficacy of YAM in promoting mental health and preventing suicidal thoughts and behaviors in US adolescents.
Note12 month embargo; published online: 04 July 2019
VersionFinal accepted manuscript
SponsorsThis work was supported in part by Montana state legislative funding (Montana Research & Economic Development Initiative [Byerly MJ PI]), Montana State University research funds, Montana INBRE [NIGMS P20GM103474], the Rees-Jones Foundation (Trivedi MH PI), and the UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care.
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