Supported Education as a Mental Health Intervention

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In 2009, a supported education program was implemented to promote the success of rural behavioral health clients. The program appeared successful, although it was unclear to what extent students benefited and which supportive services were most helpful. A secondary data analysis was conducted using 25 course evaluations integrating supportive service variables. Results showed that assistance was most essential in 3 areas: registration, tuition, and transportation. All students reported improved relationships with others and increased self-understanding. Additional participant outcomes included feeling more useful, feeling hopeful, and having more confidence. The data were limited because of the small sample size (N = 25), typical of rural areas. However, the success of the program indicated the positive potential for supported education as an intervention in mental health.

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