The Benefits of Being a MHFA Instructor | Mental Health First Aid

The benefits of becoming an MHFA Instructor

1. Variety

MHFA training can be delivered to a variety of audiences, including to staff as part of orientation and ongoing in-service training. MHFA training can provide staff with skills and knowledge to assist their fellow co-workers and/or clients when they are experiencing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. If you provide services to a particular community or target group, MHFA training can be promoted as another service you offer which will assist them in becoming empowered to support each other and seek appropriate assistance from local services.

2. Autonomy

MHFA Instructors are not employed by MHFA Australia. Rather they have the autonomy to organise and conduct their own MHFA courses. Instructors are also able to set their own fees. They do need to purchase a MHFA manual and Certificate of Completion from MHFA Australia for every participant in each MHFA course they conduct. Although there are upfront costs to train Instructors, many Instructors find that they are able to see a return on their investment after 2-3 courses.

3. Innovation

You will be able to take comfort in being involved with an innovative program that is well regarded by the community that has received recognition nationally and overseas. MHFA has solid evidence for its effectiveness from randomised controlled trials and qualitative studies. Evaluations have consistently shown that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. To our knowledge, MHFA is the only mental health education course for the public that has National Health and Medical Research Centre Level 1 evidence for an intervention. MHFA is also included in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

4. An international community

Due to this strong commitment to research and evaluation, MHFA has rapidly spread overseas and has been adopted by over 22 countries including Canada, China, the USA and across the UK. Since 2001 500,000 Australian adults have been trained in MHFA through a pool of over 1,000 Instructors. MHFA training is available in every state and territory of Australia. See more about MHFA internationally.

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Testimonials from MHFA Instructors

Standard MHFA Instructor Training

"I have never sat through five days of education with such a level of attentiveness. The balance of teacher-participants was excellent, and the exemplars and demonstrations of education in action stimulating. The quality of the resources provided is outstanding. Thank you. I look forward to continued involvement with MHFA." Tony Hoare, May 2004.

"I am passionate about what MHFA can do. I know some lives have been saved, and many changed, because of the impact of MHFAiders."

Youth MHFA Instructor Training

“The Youth MHFA Instructor Training course was the most stimulating, well organised and engaging training I have experienced. To be immersed in YMHFA for 5 days was mentally and physically exhausting and stimulating all in the same moment. Separate from the program being so well researched and packaged, trainers Dr. Claire Kelly and Gloria Claessen make a dynamic duo. I want to thank them for their outstanding work & leadership modelling constantly how instructors can deliver this training. I look forward to delivering this program later in the year! Once again thank you for an amazing week." Christine Vay, July 2011.

7 years ago Nicqui Yazdi lost a loved one to suicide. Within 6 months she did a Mental Health First Aid course to try and understand her loss. It changed her life.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA Instructor Training

"I have been an Aboriginal Mental Health Worker for at least 5 yrs. I completed the MHFA training last week and was very much encouraged by the course. I know that mental health first aid is really one of the keys to healing, certainly early intervention. The course content upskilled my understanding and knowledge and gave me valuable insight into the impacts of mental illness. Just like the St Johns First Aid course I completed last year, if our people have a lot more insight into these illnesses, the process of treatment would be beneficial to all." Craig Brown, Aboriginal Mental Health Worker NSW, Feb 2007.

Life in Cape York: delivering Mental Health First Aid in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in remote Far North Queensland.