The Elite Athlete Mental Health Strategy Trial (TEAMS)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Australian Institute of Sport
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Amelia Gulliver, Australian National University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00940732
First received: July 15, 2009
Last updated: October 30, 2011
Last verified: October 2011
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to determine whether positive mental health help-seeking attitudes, and behaviour in elite athletes can be increased through an online intervention.


Condition Intervention
Mental Health Help-Seeking
Other: Control
Other: Destigmatisation and Mental Health Literacy
Other: Help-seeking list
Other: Feedback

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: The Elite Athlete Mental Health Strategy: A Randomised Controlled Trial of an Online Intervention for the Mental Health Help-Seeking of Elite Athletes

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Further study details as provided by Australian National University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Help-seeking attitudes (Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help: Shortened Form, ATSPPH-SF) [ Time Frame: Baseline, post, 3 month, and 6 month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Help-seeking behaviour, and Help-seeking intentions (General Help-Seeking Questionnaire, GHSQ) [ Time Frame: Baseline, post, 3 month, and 6 month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: November 2009
Study Completion Date: October 2011
Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Control Other: Control
No material.
Experimental: Destigmatisation and Mental Health Literacy Other: Destigmatisation and Mental Health Literacy
Written material delivered over 2 weeks via the Internet, including "mythbusters", debunking common myths around anxiety and depression, as well information about a range of celebrities who have identified themselves as having depression or anxiety. Also contains mental health literacy information.
Experimental: Help-seeking list Other: Help-seeking list
List of sources for mental health help-seeking delivered over 2 weeks.
Experimental: Feedback Other: Feedback
Written material delivered over 2 weeks via the Internet, including two short self-report measures (Goldberg Anxiety, Goldberg Depression), which will provide feedback to the participant about levels of depression and anxiety.

Detailed Description:

Mental disorders account for approximately 30% of the non-fatal disease burden in Australia, with the most prevalent disorders of depression, anxiety and substance use disorders experienced by 18% of the population in any single year. These disorders are significantly more common in young adulthood than at any other stage in the lifespan. Despite the availability of effective treatments for many disorders, this high susceptibility in young people is coupled with low rates of seeking professional help. As elite athletes have been found to have less positive attitudes towards seeking help for mental health issues, and they are most often young adults themselves, they may be even less likely than non-athletes to utilise professional services. Although there is a strong relationship between exercise and positive mental health, the prevalence of mental disorders in elite athletes is currently not known. A literature review of the general literature on help seeking and a series of focus groups with elite athletes from the Australian Institute of Sport conducted by the current research group in 2008, suggested that help-seeking by these athletes might be increased by improving their knowledge about mental health, reducing stigma, and providing feedback about the symptoms of common mental disorders.

The current project was designed to test these possibilities utilising an online format. The Elite Athlete Mental health Strategy (TEAMS) project comprises two phases: (1) a large scale survey of the mental health status of elite athletes; (2) a randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of three interventions designed to increase help seeking attitudes and help seeking behaviours related to mental disorders in elite athletes. These three interventions are: destigmatisation and mental health literacy; feedback; and a help-seeking list of resources. The study aims to compare the effectiveness of these three interventions relative to each other and a control condition.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Invited through sports organisation
  • Elite athlete
  • Able to read English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00940732

Locations
Australia, Australian Capital Territory
The Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 0200
Sponsors and Collaborators
Amelia Gulliver
Australian Institute of Sport
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Amelia Gulliver, BA, BAppPsych, BScPsych (Hons) The Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University
Study Chair: Kathy Griffiths, BSc (Hons), PhD The Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University
Study Director: Helen Christensen, BA (Hons), MPsych, PhD The Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University
  More Information

No publications provided by Australian National University

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Amelia Gulliver, Ms Amelia Gulliver, Australian National University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00940732     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009/373
Study First Received: July 15, 2009
Last Updated: October 30, 2011
Health Authority: Australia: The Australian National University Human Research Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Australian National University:
Help-seeking
Mental Health
Athletes

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