Village health volunteers (VHVs) as frontlines who live and provide care for people in the community. They work with health care providers in primary care settings to screen and promote health knowledge. The VHVs usually focus on physical health promotion and prevention. For example, they check blood pressure of people for screening hypertension. However, some of the VHVs feel unconfident and lack knowledge of mental health care. The experimental research was developed to examine the effectiveness of the mental health program to promote mental health literacy and perceived intrinsic motivation about mental health care before, immediately after, and after program 1 month and 3 months of the VHVs. The mean age of the VHVs was 53.35 years (SD = 8.17). Most of the VHVs did not have experiences to provide care for psychiatric persons (93.3%). They were randomly divided to two groups (30 persons per group). The experimental group received the mental health program. The VHVs had mental health literacy at the good level. The experimental group perceived intrinsic motivation about mental health care significantly different from the control group immediately after at.01 and after 1 month at .05. But, mental health literacy of both groups had not significantly different. In conclusion, the metal health program would be helpful to enhance perceived intrinsic motivation about mental health care of the VHVs. Moreover, the VHVs should improve belief, perception, and management of mental health problems to promote mental health well-being of people in communities.
Piyaorn Wajanatinapart, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand
About the Presenter(s)
Dr.Piyaorn Wajanatinapart is a lecturer of Institute of Nursing, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand. She is in the School of Psychiatric Nursing. Here research emphasizes on motivation, positive psychology, and community mental health.
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