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Training for Parents of Teenagers (TPOT) – The University of Melbourne

Training for Parents of Teenagers (TPOT) is a research study being conducted by The Population Mental Health Group at the University of Melbourne.

It aims to teach parents in the general community how to recognize and respond to emerging mental health problems in teenagers and how to help a teenager should they require first aid, by offering a two-day course to parents for FREE. We are recruiting one parent and one teenager (aged between 12-15 years) per family, within Victoria. Registration is done in pairs on the TPOT trial website.

The following courses will be offered:

• a 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course, which teaches the skills to recognize the early signs of mental illness, identify potential mental health-related crises, and assist teenagers to get the help they need as early as possible, and

• a 15-hour Australian Red Cross Apply First Aid course, which teaches the skills to sustain life, reduce pain and minimise the consequences of injury and illness until professional help arrives.

At the time of online registration, the parent will be randomly placed into ONE course or the other. Please note that only the parent attends the course (not the teenager). A Certificate will be issued on successful course completion.  Courses are held at various secondary school locations within Victoria. Please see the timetable here: http://tpot.net.au/browse-courses. Before the parent can attend their course, a brief telephone survey is required by both the parent and their teenager.

Research has shown that one in four young people will experience a mental health problem at some stage during adolescence.  Many adolescents do not seek treatment. The TPOT study will assess whether the skills taught to parents are used to help teenagers during adolescence and whether this has a long-term health benefit to teenagers. This is the first study that allows for the direct evaluation of the adolescent recipients of the mental health or physical first aid interventions which are covered in the parents’ free training course and will help to assess whether the training has a long-term health benefit to teenagers.

The project has ethics approval from have ethics approval from the University of Melbourne (ID: 1135679), The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) ID: 2012_001480 and the Catholic Education Office of Melbourne (CEOM) ID: 1877. The project is funded by an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia Fellowship to Professor Anthony Jorm.

Questions, please contact Julie Fischer, Trial Manager TPOT study on 9035 6770 or [email protected]

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