SafeSpot: An innovative app and mental health support package for Scottish schools - a qualitative analysis as part of a mixed methods study

Mallika Punukollu, Emma Leighton, Anna Brooks, Saoirse Heron, Fiona Mitchell, Paula Regener, Olga Karagiorgou, Caitlin Bell, Mhairi Gilmour, Nasreen Moya, Helen Sharpe, Helen Minnis

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Abstract

AIMS
The aim of the study was to investigate teachers’ and pupils’ perceptions about the effect of the SafeSpot mental health curriculum on the wellbeing of young people and on their knowledge of mental health conditions. This trial intends to determine the acceptability and benefits of web and mobile technology in delivering emotional wellbeing in schools, through use of the SafeSpot programme.

BACKGROUND
With 10% of young people aged 5 to 16 diagnosed with a mental disorder; there is pressure for schools to address their pupils’ emotional wellbeing. However, many educators report that their schools have insufficient provisions and feel inadequately equipped to support pupils’ mental health.

METHODS
This qualitative analysis was embedded within a randomly allocated stepped-wedge design, conducted in six West of Scotland secondary schools. 2320 pupils (aged 11 to 14 years) and 90 teachers were included. Young people’s understanding of health-seeking, and teacher’s confidence in delivering and accessing wellbeing information was assessed qualitatively.

RESULTS
Qualitative analysis revealed themes highlighting the beneficial nature of SafeSpot, including pupil engagement, content of tutorials, perceived impact of SafeSpot and level of training provided for teachers.

CONCLUSIONS
Web technology could potentially offer a more structured way for staff to support their pupils’ mental health, whilst reducing stigma. SafeSpot was perceived, by pupils and teachers, to be engaging.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume25
Issue number2
Early online date8 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • school
  • mental health
  • adolescence
  • e-health
  • qualitative methods

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