Skip navigation
Skip navigation

Delivering A Digital Mental Health Service in Australian Secondary Schools: Understanding School Counsellors’ and Parents’ Experiences

O’Dea, Bridianne; King, Catherine; Achilles, Melinda Rose; Calear, Alison; Subotic-Kerry, Mirjana

Description

This study examined school counsellors’ and parents’ experiences of a school-based digital mental health service (Smooth Sailing) that screened students’ mental health and provided automated psychological care. The Smooth Sailing service was offered to 4 secondary schools in New South Wales, Australia, for a 6-week trial period with 59 students taking part. The participating school counsellors (n = 4) completed a semi-structured interview to explore their experiences. Parents of students who...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorO’Dea, Bridianne
dc.contributor.authorKing, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorAchilles, Melinda Rose
dc.contributor.authorCalear, Alison
dc.contributor.authorSubotic-Kerry, Mirjana
dc.date.accessioned2022-11-01T22:22:37Z
dc.date.available2022-11-01T22:22:37Z
dc.identifier.issn1178-6329
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/277916
dc.description.abstractThis study examined school counsellors’ and parents’ experiences of a school-based digital mental health service (Smooth Sailing) that screened students’ mental health and provided automated psychological care. The Smooth Sailing service was offered to 4 secondary schools in New South Wales, Australia, for a 6-week trial period with 59 students taking part. The participating school counsellors (n = 4) completed a semi-structured interview to explore their experiences. Parents of students who had consented to being contacted (n = 37/59) were invited to complete an anonymous online survey about their child’s participation. Six parents completed the survey. The school counsellors expressed overall support for the service and cited the ease of service use, its ability to identify students at-risk, and the provision of psychoeducation to students as clear benefits. They identified some barriers to the service, such as parental consent and suggested strategies to improve uptake and engagement, such as incentives, more frequent screening and use with older students. Parents also reported positive experiences with the service, expressing appreciation for mental health screening in schools and a new system to connect them and their child to school counselling services. Taken together, these findings provide initial support for delivering the Smooth Sailing service in secondary schools. Trial registration: This trial was registered with the Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry (ACTRN12617000977370).
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2021
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.sourceHealth Services Insights
dc.subjectAdolescent health services
dc.subjectmental health services
dc.subjectschool health services
dc.subjectinternet
dc.subjectcounsellors
dc.subjectparents
dc.titleDelivering A Digital Mental Health Service in Australian Secondary Schools: Understanding School Counsellors’ and Parents’ Experiences
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume14
dc.date.issued2021
local.identifier.absfor000000 - Internal ANU use only
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB19510
local.publisher.urlhttps://journals.sagepub.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationO’Dea, Bridianne, Black Dog Institute
local.contributor.affiliationKing, Catherine, Black Dog Institute
local.contributor.affiliationAchilles , Melinda Rose , Black Dog Institute
local.contributor.affiliationCalear, Alison, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSubotic-Kerry, Mirjana, Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage9
local.identifier.doi10.1177/11786329211017689
dc.date.updated2021-11-28T07:25:58Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85105995437
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenanceCreative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
dc.rights.licenseCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License
CollectionsANU Research Publications

Download

File Description SizeFormat Image
11786329211017689.pdf1.51 MBAdobe PDFThumbnail


This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons

Updated:  17 November 2022/ Responsible Officer:  University Librarian/ Page Contact:  Library Systems & Web Coordinator