Initiative Description: Strong minds: A school-based mental health program combining acceptance and commitment therapy and positive psychology. The total contact time for the program was 8.0 h comprising 16 half-hour sessions spread over 3 months. The aim of the sessions was to educate students about the concepts (Values, Committed Action, Contact with Present Moment, Observer-self, Acceptance of Emotions, and Thought Defusion) and to encourage them to apply these concepts to their lives. The facilitator used verbal explanations, metaphors, personal examples, videos, experiential exercises, and images.
Study Results: Reduced depression & anxiety symptoms.
Reference: Burckhardt, R., Manicavasagar, V., Batterham, P. J., & Hadzi-Palovic, D. (2016). A randomized controlled trial of strong minds: A school-based mental health program combining acceptance and commitment therapy and positive psychology. Journal of School Psychology, 57, 41-52.
Level of Evidence: Very Good