Webinar: The Stigma of Mental Illness and Adolescents: A Mental Health Awareness and Education Program


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Friday, February 17, 2012
1:00pm EST - 2:00pm EST

This webinar focused on the research project conducted by April Stachelski's, a LEND trainee and doctoral student in clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 

In her research project, Ms. Stachelski is evaluating a Mental Health Awareness and Education (MHAE) program. The goal of the MHAE program is to increase high school students' knowledge of mental health disorders and decrease stigma associated with mental illness.  The MHAE program was piloted in 2005 and has reached more than 4,000 youth to date.  The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago (MHAGC) is the non-profit organization responsible for creating the program, and they have collected adequate pre- and post-data for both knowledge and stigma level but did not have a mechanism for analyzing the data as a whole. April saw the need for comprehensive data analysis and took on this task, first by creating a master database including all data from Fall of 2005 to Spring of 2011 and has now begun the process of analysis.  A thorough program evaluation will allow for greater understanding of the process and outcome of the MHAE program, and provide the organization with information that will assist them in better understanding the sucesses and shortcomings of their program.  During this webinar April will discuss her progress on this project and findings thus far.