Educators as facilitators of mental health: An investigation of the mental health literacy of pre-service teachers
Mount Saint Vincent University
This investigation examined differences in levels of mental health literacy between first and second year pre-service educators enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at Mount Saint Vincent University. Participants completed a basic demographic questionnaire, the Beliefs about Mental Health Problems: Professional and Public Views’ questionnaire (Jorm, 1997) , and questions regarding course work completed about mental health as part of their education degree. Participants were asked to rate the helpfulness of various professionals and interventions in the treatment of mental illness, the likelihood of potential causes of mental illness, and questions about discrimination towards people with mental illness. It was predicted that overall, levels of mental health literacy would be low, but comparable to the Canadian general population. It was also predicted that second year students would show higher levels of mental health literacy. It was expected that few participants would have completed coursework including mental health topics, and that it was not required to complete their education degree. Overall levels of mental health literacy were found to be somewhat higher than the Canadian general population levels. Results indicated there was not a significant difference between levels of mental health literacy in first and second year pre-service educators. As predicted, few participants had completed coursework including mental health topics, which were not required to complete their degree. The current findings expand upon the body of evidence in the domain of mental health literacy of pre-service educators. It will be important for future research to confirm the present findings.
Mental health literacy , Pre-service teachers