School of Medicine and Health Sciences Poster Presentations

Title

Sustainable Development Goals and Mental Health Knowledge Among First Year Medical Students

Poster Number

311

Document Type

Poster

Status

Medical Student

Abstract Category

Psychiatry/Mental Health

Keywords

Mental health, Global Health, Medical Student, MAKS, Sustainable Development Goals

Publication Date

Spring 2018

Abstract

Introduction: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 highlights the global impact of mental health illnesses by including goals for the prevention and treatment of behavioral, developmental, and neurological disorders. In order to facilitate the advancement of mental well being, it is important to monitor and evaluate the baseline of mental health knowledge. Current scientific literature is limited in identifying the baseline mental health knowledge among medical students. This study aims to look specifically at first year medical students to determine their mental health knowledge prior to and after a targeted program intervention.

Methods: Fifty-nine first year medical students were surveyed with the Mental Health Knowledge Schedule (MAKS) prior to and after the intervention. The program intervention was composed of an hour session that introduced students to negative health outcomes such as demoralization, burnout, depression, and dependency. The intervention also introduced students to the different strategies to specific to addressing the different negative health outcomes. Results and

Conclusion: Preliminary results from the MAKS survey indicates that first year medical students vary in what negative health outcomes they consider to be mental illness. Preliminary results also indicate that after the intervention, students have an increased understanding of what situations merit mental health attention. In conclusion, the combination of the MAKS survey with the program intervention demonstrates a positive trajectory in mental health knowledge among first year medical students.

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Sustainable Development Goals and Mental Health Knowledge Among First Year Medical Students

Introduction: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 highlights the global impact of mental health illnesses by including goals for the prevention and treatment of behavioral, developmental, and neurological disorders. In order to facilitate the advancement of mental well being, it is important to monitor and evaluate the baseline of mental health knowledge. Current scientific literature is limited in identifying the baseline mental health knowledge among medical students. This study aims to look specifically at first year medical students to determine their mental health knowledge prior to and after a targeted program intervention.

Methods: Fifty-nine first year medical students were surveyed with the Mental Health Knowledge Schedule (MAKS) prior to and after the intervention. The program intervention was composed of an hour session that introduced students to negative health outcomes such as demoralization, burnout, depression, and dependency. The intervention also introduced students to the different strategies to specific to addressing the different negative health outcomes. Results and

Conclusion: Preliminary results from the MAKS survey indicates that first year medical students vary in what negative health outcomes they consider to be mental illness. Preliminary results also indicate that after the intervention, students have an increased understanding of what situations merit mental health attention. In conclusion, the combination of the MAKS survey with the program intervention demonstrates a positive trajectory in mental health knowledge among first year medical students.