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Mental Health and Wellbeing at Schools: Health Promotion in Primary Schools with the Use of Digital Methods

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Department of Public and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of West Attica, 12243 Athens, Greece
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Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of West Attica, 12243 Athens, Greece
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Department of Nursing, Institute of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, 01513 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Department of Nursing, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Plovdiv, 4002 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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Faculty of Health and Well-Being, Turku University of Applied Sciences, 20520 Turku, Finland
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Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Novo Mesto, 8000 Novo Mesto, Slovenia
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Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, 20014 Turku, Finland
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Academic Editor: Margarida Gaspar de Matos
Children 2021, 8(5), 345; https://doi.org/10.3390/children8050345
Received: 30 March 2021 / Revised: 26 April 2021 / Accepted: 27 April 2021 / Published: 27 April 2021
Mental health disorders among primary school children remain a crucial issue. Early health promotion interventions can positively affect and prevent the onset of mental disorders. Promising digital mental health methods have been implemented for adolescents and youths with scarce evidence among younger ages. Therefore, the aim of the current systematic review was to identify health promotion interventions on mental health and wellbeing, with the use of digital methods, delivered in primary school settings. Six digital interventions have been identified, three of which were targeting teachers and the others students. Regardless of the limited number of studies, the effectiveness of the web-based interventions upon teachers’ knowledge and attitudes and the positive impact on children’s behavioral improvements has been documented. The lack of adequate evidence highlights the need for further research in the field. The current review provides information for professionals working in primary schools useful for the design and implementation of effective mental health and wellbeing interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: mental health; wellbeing; digital methods; health promotion interventions; primary school children; [email protected] mental health; wellbeing; digital methods; health promotion interventions; primary school children; [email protected]
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Sakellari, E.; Notara, V.; Lagiou, A.; Fatkulina, N.; Ivanova, S.; Korhonen, J.; Kregar Velikonja, N.; Lalova, V.; Laaksonen, C.; Petrova, G.; Lahti, M. Mental Health and Wellbeing at Schools: Health Promotion in Primary Schools with the Use of Digital Methods. Children 2021, 8, 345. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8050345

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Sakellari E, Notara V, Lagiou A, Fatkulina N, Ivanova S, Korhonen J, Kregar Velikonja N, Lalova V, Laaksonen C, Petrova G, Lahti M. Mental Health and Wellbeing at Schools: Health Promotion in Primary Schools with the Use of Digital Methods. Children. 2021; 8(5):345. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8050345

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Sakellari, Evanthia, Venetia Notara, Areti Lagiou, Natalja Fatkulina, Svetla Ivanova, Joonas Korhonen, Nevenka Kregar Velikonja, Valentina Lalova, Camilla Laaksonen, Gergana Petrova, and Mari Lahti. 2021. "Mental Health and Wellbeing at Schools: Health Promotion in Primary Schools with the Use of Digital Methods" Children 8, no. 5: 345. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8050345

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