Developing European Guidelines for Training Care Professionals in Mental Health Promotion

Tim Greacen, Emmanuelle Jouet, Peter Ryan, Zoltan Cserhati, Vera Grebenc, Chris Griffiths, Bettina Hansen, Eithne Leahy, Ksenija Maravic da Silva, Amra Šabić, Angela De Marco, Paz Flores

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Abstract

Background
Although mental health promotion is a priority mental health action area for all European countries, high level training resources and high quality skills acquisition in mental health promotion are still relatively rare. The aim of the current paper is to present the results of the DG SANCO-funded PROMISE project concerning the development of European guidelines for training social and health care professionals in mental health promotion.

Methods
The PROMISE project brought together a multidisciplinary scientific committee from eight European sites representing a variety of institutions including universities, mental health service providers and public health organisations. The committee used thematic content analysis to filter and analyse European and international policy documents, scientific literature reviews on mental health promotion and existing mental health promotion programmes with regard to identifying quality criteria for training care professionals on this subject. The resulting PROMISE Guidelines quality criteria were then subjected to an iterative feedback procedure with local steering groups and training professionals at all sites with the aim of developing resource kits and evaluation tools for using the PROMISE Guidelines. Scientific committees also collected information from European, national and local stakeholder groups and professional organisations on existing training programmes, policies and projects.

Results
The process identified ten quality criteria for training care professionals in mental health promotion: embracing the principle of positive mental health; empowering community stakeholders; adopting an interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach; including people with mental health problems; advocating; consulting the knowledge base; adapting interventions to local contexts; identifying and evaluating risks; using the media; evaluating training, implementation processes and outcomes. The iterative feedback process produced resource kits and evaluation checklists linked with each of these quality criteria in all PROMISE languages.

Conclusions
The development of generic guidelines based on key quality criteria for training health and social care professionals in mental health promotion should contribute in a significant way to implementing policy in this important area.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1114 (2012)
Number of pages10
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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© 2012 Greacen et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative
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Keywords

  • Mental health promotion
  • Training
  • Best practice guidelines

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    Greacen, T., Jouet, E., Ryan, P., Cserhati, Z., Grebenc, V., Griffiths, C., ... Flores, P. (2012). Developing European Guidelines for Training Care Professionals in Mental Health Promotion. BMC Public Health, 12, [1114 (2012) ]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-1114