Each year 1 in every 5 Australians will experience a mental illness. The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program gives people the skills to have the conversation with someone that they're concerned about.
Now, there are over 2 million people trained in Mental Health First Aid globally, and you can be one too.
There are millions of stories about how Mental Health First Aid courses have changed lives, and we want you to share your story too. Share using #iamonemhfa.
The stories of five of our Mental Health First Aiders will be shared over the next 5 weeks.
See the stories
Tim is the student club president at St. Hilda’s College. When he realised that he and his friends didn’t have the skills to help a friend in crisis he put in motion a plan to ensure all college students could complete MHFA.
Fiona is a family lawyer with her own practice in NSW. When she experienced burnout and stress in the workplace, it was a motivator to complete MHFA. She can now better support her clients and the next generation of lawyers.
Harjyot is a medical student at JCU, and grew up in a rural community in North Queensland. When she saw the impact of natural disasters on the agricultural and indigenous communities in her area she decided to pursue a medical degree and complete MHFA.
Melissa is a HR Business Partner at Coca Cola Amatil. When she saw how her manager helped an employee in need, she knew that she had to complete MHFA. She now puts her skills into action at work and is an advocate for promoting good mental health in her organisation.
Toni is a lecturer and a senior pastor in Victoria. When he saw the struggles that many newly arrived migrants have when joining a new community, he decided to complete MHFA so he could better support them.