Table 7

Responses to the First Aid Experiences Questionnaire for participants who did report experiencing a first aid situation (n = 30)
n %
Q1. In what capacity do you attend the college?
 Student 22 73.3
 Staff 7 26.7
Q2. Could you tell us something about the situation(s) and the problem(s) you believed the person was experiencing?*
 Change in eating habits (ate less/restricted diet) 15 50.0
 Binge eating 2 6.7
 Change in exercise patterns 11 36.7
 Vomiting 1 3.3
 Weight loss 17 56.7
Q3. Did you try to assist the person you thought might be developing or experiencing an eating disorder?
 No 10 33.3
 Yes 20 66.7
Q4. What was the reason(s) that you were not able to assist that person?* (n = 10)
 Not close enough to the person/others more appropriate to provide first aid 5 50.0
 Person already adequate receiving support/care 4 40.0
 Assistance refused 1 10.0
Q5. Can you give us an example of something you did to assist the person?* (n = 20)
 Approached the person, discussed my concerns, listened to them 11 55.0
 Discussed my concerns with someone more appropriate to provide first aid 7 35.0
 Offered information and resources about EDs 2 10.0
 Encouraged the person to seek help 6 30.0
 Encouraged the person to use other supports 5 25.0
Q6. When assisting the person did you use the information provided in the 'Mental Health First Aid Training Course for Eating Disorders'? (n = 20)
 Yes 14 70.0
 No 0 0.0
 Not sure 6 30.0
Q7. How successful do you think you were in assisting the person?(n = 20)
 Very successful 0 0.0
 Successful 9 45.0
 Neither successful nor unsuccessful 11 55.0
 Unsuccessful 0 0.0
 Very unsuccessful 0 0.0
Q8. Would you like to comment on what happened?* (n = 20)
 Unaware of outcome because I didn’t provide the first aid 2 10.0
 The person received professional help 3 15.0
 The person showed some signs of recovery 3 15.0
 The person had made some changes, but am unsure how much recovery is progressing 3 15.0
Q9. Do you think the information in the 'Mental Health First Aid Training Course for Eating Disorders' contributed to the level of success you had in assisting the person? (n = 20)
 Very much 6 30.0
 A little bit 12 60.0
 Not sure 1 5.0
 Not really 1 5.0
 Definitely not 0 0.0
Q10. When assisting the person, did you do anything differently from what you would have done before attending the 'Mental Health First Aid Training Course for Eating Disorders'? (n = 20)
 Yes 11 55.0
 No 4 20.0
 Not sure 5 25.0
Q11. If you answered 'yes' please provide a short description* (n = 11)
 Changed the way I approached the person 7 63.6
 Because I had more knowledge I noticed more symptoms 4 36.4
 Suggested professional help though wouldn’t have before 3 27.3
 More understanding and supportive of the person 2 18.2
Q12. Did you suggest to the person you were assisting that they should seek professional mental health care (e.g. from a GP, psychologist, psychiatrist) (n = 20)
 Yes 10 50.0
 No 3 15.0
 The person was already receiving mental health care 3 15.0
 Not sure 4 20.0
Q13. As a result, did the person you were assisting seek mental health care from a professional? (n = 20)
 Not applicable 6 30.0
 Yes 7 35.0
 No 0 0.0
 Not sure 7 35.0

* Responses were open-ended and therefore participants may have mentioned multiple ideas/categories.

Hart et al.

Hart et al. BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:98   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-12-98

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