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MHFA Australia would like to gratefully acknowledge the following grants and donations:

2015

  • At the Christmas Traveleague function in December 2015, 820 delegates raised more than $19,000 which MHFA Australia will be using to support the development of MHFA Courses.
  • Lendlease donated $80,000 which we are using to develop films for the forthcoming MHFA for the Older Person Program.
  • ‘It’s Okay to Say’ Campaign - Ashlie Guest and her friends made up a a team who are ran 7.5kms in the Cottesloe Cup Marathon in Perth on 27th September 2015, to raise awareness and funds for mental health issues. The team donated over $1,500 to MHFA.
  • Black dog ride
    Donation of $145,600
    On 15 – 22 August 2015, over 500 Black Dog Riders from all states and territories hit the highways of Australia en route to the Red Centre to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention and to fund raise for Lifeline’s Crisis Helpline and the Youth and teen MHFA courses for disadvantaged high schools across Australia. This is the third time that this amazing motor bike ride has raised funds for MHFA Program. Read more.

  • Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA Program - 2 years funding mid 2015 - mid 2017

    • Support for the ongoing administration of this program and support of existing accredited AMHFA Instructors
    • A Delphi research project to develop MHFA Guidelines for Helping an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Person with a Gambling Problem.
    • Development of a 3rd edition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander MHFA manual and Instructor teaching materials.
    • Development of a short (3.5-hour) MHFA Course for Helping a Suicidal Aboriginal Person, including 2 new films and teaching materials for AMHFA Instructors.
    • Up-skilling of AMHFA Instructors to deliver the 2 new above courses.

2014

  • Black Dog Ride
    Donation of $164,200
    From 26 July to 26 August 2014, 65 Black Dog motor bike riders, entirely self-funded, rode 14,500 km around Australia raising awareness of depression and suicide, and raising money for Lifeline Australia and Mental Health First Aid Australia. These 65 riders were joined by 450 State riders at intersecting intervals around Australia. MHFA Australia used this generous donation to roll out the teen MHFA program for free to Year 10 ands 11 students at some high schools in disadvantaged and vulnerable areas of Australia.
    • NHMRC Targeted Call for Research grant, in partnership with University of Melbourne
    • 2015-2017
      Professor Jorm, University of Melbourne and MHFA Australia will develop new guidelines to support Indigenous communities to prevent suicide and self-injury amongst their young people. Community members will be trained to act as gatekeepers, identifying young people who are at risk and referring them to health workers with greater health expertise.
      • Myer Foundation
      • 2014-2015
        Development of the teenMHFA for years 7-9 course and roll out of teenMHFA to a number of disadvantaged high schools.
        • Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
        • 1.5 years funding April 2014 - August 2015
          Development of guidelines for the public in how to best support problem gamblers to seek help and recover.
        • NHMRC Project grant, in partnership with the University of Melbourne
        • 2014-2018
          In partnership with Prof Tony Jorm's team at the Uni of Melbourne, an evaluation of MHFA in the workplace via eLearning and blended modes. The trial will be carried out with workers in the Victorian Public Service.
        • Australian Rotary Health Project grant, in partnership with the University of Melbourne
        • 2014-2016
          In partnership with Dr Laura Hart at the Uni of Melbourne, a pilot evaluation of teenMHFA course in upper secondary schools in Victoria.

        2013

        • Black Dog Ride
        • Donation of $149,200
          In August 2013, 675 bikers rode a collective distance of over 1,762,500 kilometres from their home town to Alice Springs, the Red Centre of Australia, raising money for Lifeline Australia and Mental Health First Aid Australia. MHFA Australia will use some of this most generous donation to train eight Black Dog Riders as MHFA Instructors, one for each state and territory.
        • ANZ, GE Money, NAB, Westpac and beyondblue
          1 year funding mid 2013 – mid 2014
          Development of guidelines for financial institution staff dealing with customers who have debt problems and mental illness.

        2012

        • Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
          Standard MHFA Program - 3 years funding mid 2012 - mid 2015
          • Development, delivery and evaluation of tailored courses, including an online MHFA course, to develop the MHFA skills in 3 sectors of frontline workers - financial counsellors, nursing students and medical students
          • A Delphi research project to inform financial counsellors in how to handle financial issues in clients with mental health problems
          • Development of an online assessment and registration of all attendees at MHFA courses across Australia
          • Development of a sustainable model to continue building MHFA skills across Australian communities.
        • Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
          Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA Program - 3 years funding mid 2012 - mid 2015
          • Support for the ongoing administration of this program and support of existing accredited AMHFA Instructors
          • A Delphi research project to inform the development of a supplementary booklet about giving MHFA to Aboriginal teenagers
          • Development of a supplementary booklet about giving MHFA to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers, a simplified MHFA manual / workbook for people with lower literacy levels and a short film depicting giving MHFA to Indigenous teenagers.
        • The Jack Brockhoff Foundation
          Development of film clips for the teen Mental Health First Aid program.

        2011

        • beyondblue
          Development of a Chinese version of 2nd edition Standard MHFA manual for Chinese speaking Australians.
        • beyondblue
          A second print run of 5,000 copies of the 2nd edition Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Manual.

        2010

        • The National Suicide Prevention Initiative, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
          Conduction of 20 one-day Edition 2 Up-Skill (E2U) workshops across Australia, to upskill Edition 1 MHFA Instructors in the use of the Edition 2 curriculum.
        • beyondblue
          Development of a new edition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Manual and Workbook, based on the Aboriginal MHFA Guidelines.
        • beyondblue
          Print run of 5,000 copies of the new 2nd edition Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Manual.

        2009

        • beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence
          Development of drug misuse first aid guidelines for Indigenous Australians.

        2008

        • Australian Rotary Health Research Fund
          A randomised controlled trial of the MHFA e-learning CD-ROM.
        • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
          Development of suicide first aid guidelines for Asian countries.
        • beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence
          Development of alcohol misuse first aid guidelines for Indigenous Australians.

        2007

        • Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing (OATSIH)
          Completion of draft teaching materials and roll out the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA Instructor Training Courses across Australia.
        • National Suicide Prevention Strategy, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
          Roll out a Youth Mental Health First Aid program, training existing MHFA instructors who have expertise in the mental health of young people to deliver the new course.
        • Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in conjunction with Auseinet
          Contribution towards adaptation of the MHFA Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
        • Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowship, University of Sydney
          Employment for one year of an Aboriginal MHFA Trainer of Aboriginal Instructors.
        • beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence
          Development of depression MHFA Guidelines for Indigenous Australians.

        2006

        • Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant
          A randomised controlled trial of a modified Youth MHFA course for high school teachers with the South Australian Dept Education and Community Services.
        • The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR)
          Consultation on the development an e-learning course on MHFA for the workplace.

        2005

        • Australian Rotary Health Research Fund
          Development of 5 guidelines for English speaking developed countries for how members of the public can give MHFA for someone in a mental health crisis.
        • The National Suicide Prevention Strategy, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
          A consultancy with the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Magistrates Court to write with the mental health literacy component of their Mental Health Support Initiative.

        2004

        • Hollie Jackes Memorial Scholarship
          For sponsored positions paying half the fee to train as a MHFA Instructor in rural areas.

        2003

        • Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
          Adaptation of the MHFA program for the culturally and linguistically diverse Communities.
        • Pivot Fertilizer Company
          $22,000 for sponsored positions to train 10 MHFA instructors in rural areas of South Eastern Australia www.pivot.com.au

        2002

        • NSW Health Promotion Demonstration Research Grants Scheme
          A randomised controlled trial of the MHFA course in a rural area.
        • Mrs Lara Bishop
          50 copies of her book "Post-Natal Depression: Families in Turmoil" for MHFA instructors.
        • Mrs Jennie Thomas
          $20,000 for the production and printing of the Mental Health First Aid Manual.

        2001

        • The ACT Department of Health and Community Care
          Seed funding for 3 years.