Beyond the Emergency; Addressing Men’s Mental Health

Posted on: Tuesday, 24 May 2016

In partnership with Ambulance Services across the country and with funding from the Movember Foundation and beyondblue, Turning Point is undertaking pioneering research into paramedic responses to mental health callouts. “Turning Point is linking and analysing ambulance data in order to learn when and why men contact ambulance services, and what happens after that initial contact” investigator Belinda Lloyd explained. Additionally, Turning Point is recruiting paramedics and patients to participate in surveys and in depth interviews to hear about their experiences with mental health call outs. “This exploratory research will culminate in the trial of brief interventions and training that paramedics can draw upon when responding to a mental health callout” added researcher Michael Savic.

Researchers and ambulance personnel acknowledge that the project is timely. “We know that 1 in 5 call outs are mental health related” stated Belinda Lloyd. The ‘Beyond the Emergency’ project will support paramedics to respond in evidence-based ways during mental health call outs. “If we are able to assist services to respond supportively and link patients in with other supports during these difficult times, they have the opportunity to make a big difference” she said.

For more information about the project visit the website here.