News | Mental Health First Aid

Edition 4 Youth and Standard MHFA Courses Now Available!

2 years 6 months ago

The 4th Edition of our 12-hour Standard and 14-hour Youth MHFA Courses have just been launched. Given our courses are research based, it is imperative that we continue to update them with the latest information. We have provided a summary of the main changes across both course types.

Founder and CEO Betty Kitchener AM Steps Down, Nataly Bovopoulos Takes Over the Reins as Acting CEO

2 years 7 months ago

MHFA Program founder Betty Kitchener AM has made the decision to step down from her role as CEO for MHFA Australia. Former Deputy CEO Nataly Bovopoulos has been appointed Acting CEO. Fortunately for the MHFA community, both nationally and internationally, Betty has not left behind her life's work. Betty is currently a consultant leading the development of the MHFA for the Older Person Program.

Co-founders Betty and Tony Attend the Inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize Event. Congratulations to Winner Kim Ryan!

2 years 8 months ago

Betty Kitchener AM and Professor Tony Jorm, co-founders of Mental Health First Aid, attended the UNSW's Australian Mental Health Prize event. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull awarded the inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize to Kim Ryan. As we mentioned, Betty was one of seven finalists. Congratulations to Kim and thank you for your advocacy on behalf of mental health nurses.

Rugby Unite raise funds to deliver MHFA to rugby clubs in QLD

2 years 9 months ago

Under the banner of newly founded organisation ‘Rugby Unite’ and in partnership with the Mental Awareness Foundation, Darren Gaffney recently coordinated the second Rick Tyrrell Cup Rugby match. This included a pre match function to raise funds for Mental Health First Aid training for the Brisbane rugby community.

In Australia there’s a Mental Health First Aid Course for everyone, everywhere

2 years 10 months ago

This year the theme for World Mental Health Day is: Dignity in Mental Health - Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All. Mental Health First Aid teaches first aid skills in how to help someone you’re concerned about who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental illness or a mental health crisis.