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Table 3 Students’ level of agreement with statements regarding their preparedness to respond to mental health

From: UK and Ireland survey of MPharm student and staff experiences of mental health curricula, with a focus on Mental Health First Aid

Students’ level of agreement with statements regarding preparedness All (n = 222)**
n (%)
Students who declared participation in MHFA (n = 25)**
n (%)
Students who did not declare participation in MHFA (n = 198)**
n (%)
p value
I feel prepared to identify if someone has a mental health problem Strongly disagree 6 (2.7) 0 6 (3.0) 0.001*
Disagree 61 (27.4) 2 (8.0) 59 (29.8)  
Neutral 63 (28.3) 4 (16.0) 59 (29.8)  
Agree 77 (34.5) 13 (52.0) 64 (32.3)  
Strongly agree 16 (7.2) 6 (24.0) 10 (5.1)  
I feel prepared to help somebody with a mental health problem Strongly disagree 9 (4.0) 0 9 (4.5) 0.013*
Disagree 55 (24.7) 2 (8.0) 53 (26.8)
Neutral 53 (23.8) 3 (12.0) 50 (25.3)
Agree 79 (35.4) 14 (56.0) 65 (32.8)
Strongly agree 27 (12.1) 6 (24.0) 21 (10.6)
I am confident to talk to people about their mental health Strongly disagree 7 (3.1) 0 7 (3.5)  < 0.001*
Disagree 32 (14.3) 1 (4.0) 31 (15.7)
Neutral 52 (23.3) 0 52 (26.3)
Agree 107 (48.0) 16 (64.0) 91 (46.0)
Strongly agree 25 (11.2) 8 (32.0) 17 (8.6)
I can confidently counsel a patient on their mental health medication Strongly disagree 24 (10.8) 0 24 (12.2)  < 0.001*
Disagree 51 (23.0) 2 (8.0) 49 (24.9)
Neutral 38 (17.1) 1 (4.0) 37 (18.8)
Agree 79 (35.6) 13 (52.0) 66 (33.5)
Strongly agree 30 (13.5) 9 (36.0) 21 (10.7)
I believe my degree equips me to adequately help people with their mental health Strongly disagree 13 (5.8) 0 13 (6.6)  < 0.001*
Disagree 58 (26.0) 0 58 (29.3)
Neutral 78 (35.0) 9 (36.0) 69 (34.8)
Agree 57 (25.6) 10 (40.0) 474 (23.7)
Strongly agree 17 (7.6) 6 (24.0) 11 (5.6)
I am as prepared to help people with their mental health problems as I am with their physical health problems Strongly disagree 18 (8.1) 0 18 (9.1) 0.037*
Disagree 72 (32.3) 4 (16.0) 68 (34.3)
Neutral 48 (21.5) 5 (20.0) 43 (21.7)
Agree 47 (21.1) 10 (40.0) 37 (18.7)
Strongly agree 38 (17.0) 6 (24.0) 32 (16.2)
  1. *Statistically significant (p < 0.05)
  2. **Nine people did not answer these questions and are removed from the analysis