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  1. MHFA Australia
  2. MHFA Bermuda
  3. MHFA Canada
  4. MHFA Denmark
  5. MHFA England
  6. MHFA Finland
  7. MHFA Hong Kong
  8. MHFA Ireland (Republic of Ireland)
  9. MHFA Japan
  10. MHFA Malta
  11. MHFA Netherlands
  12. MHFA Nepal
  13. MHFA New Zealand
  14. MHFA Northern Ireland
  15. MHFA Pakistan
  16. MHFA Saudi Arabia
  17. MHFA Scotland
  18. MHFA Singapore
  19. MHFA Sweden
  20. MHFA USA
  21. MHFA Wales
 

MHFA Bermuda

Coordinating body: Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI)
Website: www.bermudahospitals.bm
Launched: 2011
Program delivered Standard MHFA
Contact: cherita.rayner@bhb.bm or Shawnee.basden@bhb.bm
Description: Three instructors have been trained. 362 Mental Health First Aiders have been trained.
Publications: None at this time

Info last updated: September 2016

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Mental Health First Aid Canada

Coordinating body: Mental Health Commission of Canada
Website: www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca/
Launched: 2006
Program delivered: Standard MHFA in English and French, Youth MHFA in English and French
Contact: mhfa@mentalhealthcommission.ca
Description: Approximately 990 instructors have trained over 150,000 MHFAiders in Canada.
The MHFA Canada team continues to develop the MHFA Program for the Canadian population. Work includes:
  • The first e-version of the general course is complete; e-version of youth is in progress.
  • The Aboriginal version of MHFA Canada is complete.
  • Developing a comprehensive and ongoing evaluation of the program through a framework with qualitative and quantitative components, developed with input from internal and external experts.
  • The MHFA Canada website is also available in French.
    Publications: Evaluation of effectiveness of MHFA in staff at a Canadian University, 2014.

    Info last updated: September 2016

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Mental Health First Aid Denmark

Coordinating body: The Danish Mental Health Foundation (PsykiatriFonden)
Website: http://www.p1h.dk/
Launched: Launched 2014
Programs delivered: Standard MHFA, Youth MHFA
Contact: Malou Laursen
Description: : 125 instructors have trained 2800 MHFAiders in Denmark. MHFA Denmark has launched MHFA app - P1H.
In July 2013, the Danish Mental Health Foundation (PsykiatriFonden) began the process of adapting MHFA - ‘Psykisk førstehjælp’ for their country. Mary - HRH Crown Princess of Denmark is the patron of this Danish Foundation.

Info last updated: September 2016

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Mental Health First Aid England

Coordinating body: Mental Health First Aid England Community Interest Company (CIC)
Website: www.mhfaengland.org
Launched: 2007
Programs delivered: Standard MHFA, Youth MHFA, Armed Forces MHFA, MHFA Lite
Contact: info@mhfaengland.org
Description: AMental Health First Aid England became a Community Interest Company in October 2009 and has grown to comprise a Central Team of 15 staff in London, 15 National Trainers and approximately 1,000 instructors across the English regions. There are currently over 115,000 people in England trained in MHFA skills.
The seven-day MHFA England Instructor Training course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.
A two-day Youth MHFA course was launched in July 2010. A three-hour introductory mental health awareness course - MHFA Lite - was launched in October 2011. A two day Armed Forces MHFA course was launched in April 2013.
Publications:

Info last updated: September 2016

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Mental Health First Aid Finland

Coordinating body: Finnish Association for Mental Health, FAMH
Website: www.mielenterveysseura.fi/en/
Launched: 2008
Program delivered: Standard MHFA in Finnish and Swedish
Contact: Ms Merja Lyytikäinen
Interesting stats:: Mental Health First Aid is registered as a trademark in Finnish in Finland, Mielenterveyden ensiapu ®.
Description: : Since 2012 MHFA Finland instructors have trained over 1750 MHFAiders. The Finnish Association for Mental Health in cooperation with the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has been involved in bringing the MHFA Program to Finland. As of 1 September 2008 FAMH has been solely responsible for all MHFA-education in Finland. The original Australian MHFA-concept was adapted for Finnish circumstances and renamed MHFA2-course. The MHFA2 manual was translated into Finnish and Swedish. To compliment the MHFA2 –course FAMH developed a new concept with salutogenic approach, the MHFA1-course, which encourages people to promote good mental health and to be aware of and prevent risk factors. The MHFA1-manual is available in Finnish only. Approximately 60% of all participants take part in both MHFA1- and MHFA2-courses. MHFA2-courses are frequented by health or social services professionals.

Info last updated: September 2016

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Mental Health First Aid Hong Kong

Coordinating body: The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong
Website: www.mhfa.org.hk
Launched: 2004 (Standard); 2008 (Youth)
Program delivered: Standard & Youth MHFA courses
Contact: Ms. Prudence Wong
Description: The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong has a strong mission to promote mental health since 1954. By 2004, the association received authorization to train local MHFA instructors and deliver the MHFA HK course in Macau and the Guangdong Province of China. 222 instructors have trained 37,175 MHFAiders in Hong Kong, Macau and the Guangdong area.The MHFA HK logo combines a first aid symbol and the dandelion flower, which symbolize the spread of MHFA hand in hand to everywhere it goes; fully representing association’s desire to promote MHFA.
Publications:

  • Effectiveness of MHFA in Hong Kong, 2015 Abstract

Info last updated: September 2016

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Mental Health First Aid Ireland (Republic of Ireland)

Coordinating body: Saint John of God Hospital
Website: www.MHFAIreland.ie
Launched: 2015
Program delivered: Standard MHFA
Contact: Dolores Keating or Donal Scanlan
Description: 18 instructors have trained 1199 MH First Aiders in Ireland. Saint John of God Hospital is a not-for-profit, independent provider of mental health services in Ireland. The MHFA course continues to be rolled out throughout the country and is being received well by the public at large, the corporate world and community organisations. 2015 saw the writing of a new manual in Ireland along with an updated web presence. 2016 will see the development of the Youth programme and the training of more instructors and first-aiders.

Info last updated: September 2016
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MHFA Japan

Website: www.mhfa.jp
Launched: 2008
Program delivered: Standard MHFA
Contact: Dr Yuriko Suzuki
Description: Approximately 45 instructors have trained over 182 MHFAiders in Japan.
In late 2007, a group of young enthusiastic psychiatrists, led by Dr Yuriko Suzuki, adopted the MHFA Course to improve psychiatric skills in university medical students. The MHFA-J manual is well-received and has been distributed to medical colleagues, related committees, the Ministry of Health and a taskforce in the Ministry of Education. MHFA-J manual was used in a publicly funded research project to develop a 2-hour suicide intervention program among medical residents, based on the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) which found Participants' confidence and attitudes significantly improved. It is hoped that the MHFA-J project will run on a non-profit business model in future.
Article published in 2010 on the Activities of MHFA Japan here.

Info last updated: September 2016

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MHFA Malta

Coordinating body:Richmond Foundation
Website: : www.richmond.org.mt/mhfa/
Launched: 2015
Program delivered: Standard MHFA
Contact: Daniela Calleja Bitar
Description: Betty Kitchener visited Malta in February 2015, when she trained several mental health professionals at Richmond Foundation in the MHFA Program. Richmond Foundation is a non-governmental organization which strives to provide support in the community to people experiencing mental health difficulties. Since the program launched in February 2016, 158 first-aiders have been trained by 9 Instructors. Richmond Foundation are offering the programme on a regular basis for the general public, and by request for companies and organisations.

Info last updated: September 2016

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Mental Health First Aid Netherlands

Coordinating body: Mondriaan (headquaters Heerlen, NL) and GGzE (headquaters Eindhoven, NL)
Website: MHFA NL
Launched: 2016 (expected, adoption started in November 2015)
Programs delivered: still developing. Primary focus is the regular MHFA program, closely followed by the Youth program
Program delivered: Standard and Youth MHFA
Contact:Stef Marinus and Johan Brugmans
Description: Both organizations have 2.000+ employees and located in the Southern region of the Netherlands. The first year (implementation 2016) we have goals to train 1.000 participants and minimal 20 instructors. So far, a total of 95 MHFAiders have been trained. After being assured we can deliver a quality Dutch course, we expand nation-wide with partners in the sector.
Publications: Not available yet
Info current: September 2016

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MHFA Nepal

Coordinating body: South Asia Forum on Mental Health & Psychiatry (SAF) – Nepal and the Himalayan Development International (HDI) UK
Launched: 2011
Program delivered: Standard MHFA
Contact: Prabhat Kiran Pradhan
Description: Two instructors have trained over 520 MHFAiders in Nepal. Dr. Arun Jha, Chairman, Psychiatry Section of the Nepalese Doctors’ Association UK, and a Rotary Club in Orange has helped to support this program.

Info last updated: September 2016

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MHFA New Zealand

Coordinating body: Counties Manukau District Health Board
Website: http://koawatea.co.nz/mhfa/
Launched: 2008
Program delivered: MHFA Standard, MHFA Whaanau, MHFA Pacifika and MHFA Asian
Contact: mhfa@middlemore.co.nz
Description: Counties Manukau Health developed MHFA NZ/Aotearoa to increase mental health literacy within the region. Ko Awatea provides both the management and delivery of the MHFA programmes within the Counties Manukau Health catchment area. In NZ, the MHFA programme is delivered face to face in the community free of charge. The original MHFA NZ programme was adapted to the NZ environment and was specifically targeted for the Maaori community in the Counties Manukau region, who were over 18 years of age. MHFA is made available to whaanau, community workers and members of the public. The programme has been further developed and successfully adapted to support the wider population including the Pasifika and Asian communities. 39 instructors have trained 527 MHFAiders in New Zealand. It has begun in the Counties Manukau catchment area but is now spreading nationally.

Info last updated: September 2016

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MHFA Northern Ireland

Coordinating body: Public Health Agency
Website: www.publichealth.hscni.net
Launched: 2009
Program delivered: Standard MHFA
Contact: Helen Gibson
Description: Approximately 64 instructors have trained over 10,500 MHFAiders in Northern Ireland. MHFA was first delivered in Northern Ireland as part of a pilot program in a cross-border area between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Due to the success of the pilot, and in response to increasing demand for MHFA training, the HPA worked with Instructors and a Specialist Reference Group to adapt the materials specifically for use in Northern Ireland.

Info last updated: September 2016

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MHFA Pakistan

Coordinating body: AMAN Foundation
Website: www.amanmashal.org
Launched: 2014
Program delivered: Standard MHFA
Description: Mashal, the mental health program in the AMAN Foundation has taken on the task of developing and delivering a MHFA Pakistan Program. Betty Kitchener worked with a group of very skilled mental health workers, lead by Dr Saadia Quraishy, during one week in April 2104. Two months later, this talented team had completed the tailoring of all the teaching materials for a MHFA Pakistan Program. This will first be conducted in Karachi and later spread across the country.


Info last updated: September 2016

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MHFA Saudi Arabia

Website: ncmh.org.sa/index.php/pages/view/91/15
Launched: 2016
Program delivered: Standard MHFA
MHFA Saudi Arabia have so far trained 20 MHFAiders. They hope to train more people soon. More details soon to follow

Info last updated: September 2016

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Mental Health First Aid Scotland

Coordinating body: National Health Service for Scotland
Website: www.smhfa.com
Launched: Adult 2005, Youth 2013
Program delivered: Standard MHFA
Contact: nhs.HealthScotland-SMHFA@nhs.net
Description: In Scotland, approximately 343 instructors have trained over 48,000 MHFAiders in the standard programme and almost 100 instructors for the youth course have trained 1,300.
The Scottish government adopted the Mental Health First Aid Program as part of “Choose Life, A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland”. There are 10 deaf instructors trained to deliver the course in sign language. The Scottish MHFA (SMHFA) Program is being rolled out across Scotland by NHS Health Scotland, as part of the work of the Scottish Government’s national programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-being. An Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment Report (EQIA) was completed on course material to ensure no discrimination occurs in the way the program is carried out and wherever possible, equality is promoted.

Info last updated: September 2016

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Mental Health First Aid Singapore

Coordinating body: Mental Health First Aid Singapore
Website: www.mhfa.sg
Launched: 2007
Program delivered: Standard MHFA, MHFA Older Persons (OP), MHFA Medical
Contact: Dr Angelina Chan
Description: MHFA instructors have trained over 9200 MHFAiders in Singapore. The logo that was especially chosen and designed to represent Mental Health First Aid Singapore, is the water hyacinth, as a symbol of resilience and hope for Mental Health First Aid Singapore. In 2008, a MHFA Older Person module was launched, focusing on issues specific to the elderly and then a MHFA Medical Module was launched as a half day programme to increase skills of GPs in the community.

Info last updated: September 2016

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MHFA Sweden

Coordinating body: The National Prevention of Suicide and Mental Ill-Health (NASP) at the Karolinska Institutet
Website: www.mhfa.se
Program: Standard MHFA, Youth MHFA
Contact: Janek Szklarzewicz
Description: Approximately 331 instructors have trained over 8000 MHFAiders in Sweden.
Led by Professor Danuta Wasserman, a team at NASP has adapted and rolled out a suitable MHFA program for members of adapted and rolled out adaptation of the intervention. The team has a strong research focus and has already conducted a number of well designed evaluations of the program:
Publications:

  • Effectiveness of MHFA Training in Sweden, 2014 Full text
  • Experiences of MHFAiders in the public sector of the MHFA course in Sweden, 2015 Abstract

Info last updated: September 2016

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Mental Health First Aid USA

Coordinating body: The National Council for Community Behavioural Healthcare
Website: www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
Launched: 2007
Program delivered: Standard (updated 2011), Youth (updated 2013), Specialized modules for Higher Education, Military/Veteran and Family, Public Safety, Older Adults
Contact: Betsy Schwartz
Description: 8,000 active certified instructors in all 50 states have trained over 500,000 people.
The entities began working together in 2007 to develop a single Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum along with an instructor training program and certification standards for instructors and first aiders.The program has a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) to codify certification standards, develop program fidelity measures and do a formal program evaluation. In early 2013, as part of his 'Now is the Time' (to take action against gun violence) plan, US President Barack Obama endorsed MHFA training to help teachers, staff and other adults interacting with young people, to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses and to assist them with finding appropriate treatment.
The three US entities has had particular success with trainings for Older Adults, Military Veterans, Colleges and Universities, Primary School groups, Faith Based groups and Law Enforcement and Corrections.
Publications:

  • National Council Magazine Special 5th Anniversary edition (2013, issue 1) on MHFA USA. Find it here under past issues.
  • Insights of MHFA Instructors in the state of Kansas US, 2013. Abstract.
  • Experiences of MHFAiders in the state of Kansas US, 2013. Abstract.
  • RCT between 2009 - 2011of MHFA USA course in 32 colleges and universities, 2014. Abstract
  • MHFA for Bhutanese refugees in the US Full text Experiences of MHFAiders in the US, 2015 Abstract
  • MHFA in rural communities: Appropriateness and outcomes, 2016. Abstract.

Info last updated: September 2016

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Mental Health First Aid Wales

Coordinating body: Training in Mind
Website: www.mhfa-wales.org

Launched: 2008
Program delivered: Standard MHFA, Youth MHFA
Contact: Sheree Williams
Interesting stats:

  • One in four people in Wales are affected by mental health problems each year
  • The Welsh Mental Health First Aid (Wales) Manual is bilingual (Welsh and English)

Description: Approximately 119 instructors have trained over 14000 MHFAiders in Wales.
MHFA Wales is a Welsh Government project and is part of the Suicide Strategy for Wales. The Welsh Government, in collaboration with Mind Cymru, launched MHFA Wales in April 2008. The Welsh MHFA Manual is bilingual (in Welsh and English).
Publications:

  • Views and experiences of 14 MHFA instructors in Wales, 2011. Abstract.
  •  Experiences of 14 instructors delivering the MHFA, 2010. Abstract.

Info last updated: September 2016

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