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|Author||Jones C.; Gulliver D.A.; Keegan D.R.
|Title||A Brief Online Video-Based Intervention to Promote Mental Health Help-Seeking in the Context of Injuries for Athletes: A pilot study|
Jones C.; Gulliver D.A.; Keegan D.R. A Brief Online Video-Based Intervention to Promote Mental Health Help-Seeking in the Context of Injuries for Athletes: A pilot study,Psychology of Sport and Exercise 63
|Link to article|| https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85138090014&doi=10.1016%2fj.psychsport.2022.102281&partnerID=40&md5=cecbb3e49f8fc69b04e08492fdd7646f
|Abstract||In the athletic population, sports injuries are often associated with mental health decline. Despite the availability of services, athletes frequently do not seek help for mental health problems. A range of barriers to help-seeking in athletes have been proposed, including poor mental health literacy and limited help-seeking knowledge. To address this, the current study piloted a newly designed online intervention that aimed to increase help-seeking attitudes, intentions, and mental health literacy (specifically depression literacy) in an athletic population. Using a pre-test post-test design, a total of 207 athletes were recruited using online convenience sampling from across Australia. Athletes were from a range of sports and competition levels and were provided a brief online intervention comprising three short educational videos with content addressing: (1) the athlete's response to injury; (2) help-seeking and social support; and (3) signs/symptoms of depression. Participants completed pre- and post-intervention surveys which measured attitudes and intentions towards mental health help-seeking, and depression literacy. Data were analysed using RM-MANOVA, which demonstrated significant within-group improvement from pre-to post-intervention for help-seeking intentions, particularly when seeking help from mental health professionals, F(1, 93) = 24.64, p < .001, and online/phone services, F(1, 93) = 29.75, p < .001. Two separate paired samples t-test demonstrated a significant increase from pre-to post-intervention for both help-seeking attitudes, t(206) = 9.04, p < .001, d = 0.628, and depression literacy, t(203) = 8.66, p < .001, d = 0.606. The current study shows promise for brief video-based interventions that provide information targeting help-seeking during times of injury. However, further research using a rigorous randomised controlled trial design is needed. Additionally, more work is required to explore if an improvement in attitudes or intentions corresponds with increased help-seeking behaviour. © 2022 Elsevier Ltd