A recipe for good mental health: A pilot randomised controlled trial of a psychological wellbeing and substance use intervention targeting young chefs

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Abstract

Aims: Workforce entry is a key transition period. It offers an ideal, but under-utilised opportunity to implement intervention strategies to prevent mental health and substance use problems among young people. A brief psychological wellbeing and substance use intervention targeting a high-risk group - apprentice chefs - was undertaken to explore this opportunity. Method: A RCT design (N = 71) was used. The intervention group received two face-to-face sessions, and controls received five related information sheets during the first 2 weeks of training, with 4-month follow-up. Results: These apprentices were a high-risk group for alcohol and other drug harm and poor psychological wellbeing. At T1, 70% of the participants had AUDIT scores indicating problem drinking; 28% had used cannabis and 18% had used amphetamines in the last 12 months; and 24% had high K10 scores. At T2, the intervention group had significantly reduced risky alcohol use (p = 0.008), improved psychological distress (p = 0.045) and ability to talk with supervisors about work issues (p = 0.001) and cope with work stress (p = 0.001) and verbal abuse (p = 0.005), compared to the control group. Conclusions: Brief tailored interventions, delivered in an occupational training environment, have potential to reduce substance use risk and enhance young workers psychological wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-361
Number of pages10
JournalDrugs-Education Prevention and Policy
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2015

Keywords

  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • cannabis
  • intervention
  • randomised controlled trial
  • workplace
  • young people

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