Educating students about mental illness: ethnic students' perspective of the effectiveness of a web-based educational tool
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Rationale: Mental health (MH) issues are increasing on post-secondary campuses particularly with ethnic students. This study aimed to establish the effectiveness of web-based MH education. Methods: A three-phase design was used with non-random sampling. An interest questionnaire addressed students’ (n=42) interest/preferred method of MH education in the first phase. In the second phase, a pre/post knowledge test/attitude scale assessed Mindsight’s (a web-based tool for MH education) effectiveness with ethnic students from the initial sample (n=13). In the final phase, ethnic students provided feedback on Mindsight’s effectiveness during focus groups/telephone interviews. Results: Most students considered MH education important and would use web-based tools. All students showed an increase in MH knowledge and most showed a decrease in stigmatizing attitudes. Mindsight was considered easy to use and interactive, however lacked in ethnic sensitivity. Conclusion: Web-based MH education has potential; however, ethnic sensitivity needs to be addressed.