Since MHFA training began in 2000, many articles about the MHFA Program have been published in peer-reviewed journals and other credible publications. In summary, these articles demonstrate a community need to improve mental health literacy and mental health first aid responses as well as the influence of stigma on such actions, offer reflections on the rollout of MHFA in other countries, the experience of MHFA Instructors, the ‘radical efficiency’ of MHFA with regard to delivering good public outcomes for a low cost, and MHFA’s impact including MHFA Australia milestones.
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Training needs of staff supporting individuals ageing with intellectual disability (Wark et al., 2014). Abstract.
People with an intellectual disability are living longer, due to improved care and technology. Australian researchers at the University of New England conducted a Delphi study with 31 disability care workers to identify the key training issues for staff who support a person ageing and with intellectual disability. Training for such support staff in the Mental Health First Aid was one of the recommendations arising from this study.
Mental health for all (Jorm 2013) Full text article.
This article, written by Professor Tony Jorm for Project Syndicate provides a short overview of the MHFA program and a plea for the program to spread to a similar percentage of adult members of the public who have attended regular (physical) first aid courses.
MHFA: A growing movement trains laypeople to spot mental health concerns. What does it mean for psychologists? (Clay 2013). Full text article. This feature article, published in the American Psychological Association July/August 2013, is about the MHFA Program here in Australia and its spread to the USA. Noting a landmark achievement: Mental Health First Aid training reaches 1% of Australian adults (Jorm and Kitchener 2011). Full text article.
In an invited editorial for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, founders of MHFA Betty Kitchener and Professor Tony Jorm reflect on the factors contributing to the remarkable growth of the program over the last ten years. In its tenth year in 2011, MHFA has reached a milestone with 170,000 adults having attended a MHFA course in Australia, equivalent to 1% of the Australian adult population. The authors discuss the factors contributing to Mental Health First Aid’s success. HideArticles about International MHFA Programs
Dissemination challenges associated with MHFA in New Mexico: Insights from Instructors (Crisanti, Pasko, Pyeatt & Silverblatt, 2015). Abstract
Thirty one MHFA Instructors in New Mexico, USA completed an online survey about the challenges they encounter in delivering the MHFA course. Experiences of graduates of the Mental Health First Aid-USA course (Lucksted, Mendenhall, Frauenholtz & Aakre, 2015). Abstract
Twenty people who had completed a MHFA course in the USA were interviewed about the impact of this training on them.
Feedback from American participants of a mental health first aid training course (Ploper, Jones, Kraus, Schmidt & Corrigan, 2015). Abstract
This study examines perceptions of 143 participants in MHFA courses conducted in Chicago, USA.
Instructor insights into delivery of Mental Health First Aid USA: A case study of mental health promotion across one state (Mendenhall and Jackson, 2013). Abstract.
This study documents the experiences of MHFA Instructors who deliver the MHFA course in the USA. Instructors from one state in the USA (Kansas) were interviewed and surveyed about these experiences. Results demonstrated that a common reason for becoming an MHFA instructor was to have a community impact. The most frequently mentioned instructor-identified characteristic was strong teaching or presentation skills, with past clinical experience or education being helpful. It was also noted that agencies typically deliver MHFA in a team-teaching model, utilise informal marketing or advertisement and often offer the course at a financial loss.
Mental Health First Aid USA in a Rural Community: Perceived Impact on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviour. Abstract
This study investigated the perceived impact of MHFA on individuals who took the course through a community mental health centre in rural Kansas. 176 MHFA individuals who completed the course were surveyed to assess their perception of the impact of completing the MHFA course. Findings corresponded with previous Australian MHFA studies that found outcomes including improved mental health literacy and changed attitudes and behaviours.
The activities of Mental Health First Aid-Japan Team (Otsuka et al., 2013). Abstract
The MHFA-Japan team was established in 2007. This article reports on Japan's rollout of MHFA for gatekeepers in Japan to help them assess risk factors and refer patients for professional care, and contribute to suicide prevention, as well as informing instructional activities in the area of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The National Council (USA) Magazine - 5th Anniversary Edition devoted to Mental Health First Aid USA (2013). Past issue (2013, issue 1).
The National Council forms part of the coordinating body of Mental Health First Aid USA Issue 1, 2013 of the National Council Magazine was devoted to Mental Health First Aid USA and features contributions from Mental Health First Aid Australia.
Delivering a basic mental health training programme: Views and experiences of Mental Health First Aid instructors in Wales (Terry 2011). Abstract.
Using the sample sample of Instructors from the Terry (2010) qualitative study of MHFA Instructors in Wales, this study further explores the experiences of MHFA Instructors in Wales with regard to the themes of logistics, impact and experience.
Mental Health First Aid — rolling out across the UK (Terry 2009). Abstract
This article summarises the development and existing research of the MHFA Program, and its present position in the four UK regions.
Experiences of instructors delivering the Mental Health First Aid training programme (Terry 2010). Abstract.
This qualitative descriptive study aims to extend the MHFA research-base relating to the experience of course attendees, by identifying the views and experiences of instructors delivering MHFA in Wales - exploring themes of support and pre-requisite skills. HideMental health literacy articles
Quality and predictors of adolescents׳ first aid intentions and actions towards a peer with a mental health problem (Mason, Hart, Rossetto, & Jorm, 2015). Abstract
This study examined predictors of the quality of mental health first aid provided by adolescents to their peers in over 500 students from Australian secondary schools.
Quality of helping behaviours of members of the public towards a person with a mental illness: a descriptive analysis of data from an Australian national survey (Rossetto et al., 2014). Abstract
This article describes the findings from an Australian national survey measuring the quality of helping behaviours of members of the public towards a person with mental illness. Results indicated that the quality of the Australian public's mental health first aid knowledge and skills requires substantial improvement.
Mental health literacy about schizophrenia: A survey of Portuguese youth (Loureiro et al., 2014). Abstract.
This study investigated the mental health literacy of Portuguese youth with regard to schizophrenia.
Mental health literacy about depression: A survey of Portuguese youth (Loureiro et al., 2014). Abstract
This study investigated the mental health literacy of Portuguese youth about depression, in order to design school-based interventions.
Young people's mental health first aid intentions and beliefs prospectively predict their actions: Findings from an Australian National Survey of Youth (Yap and Jorm 2012). Abstract.
This study examined whether young people's first aid intentions and beliefs predicted the actions they later took to help a close friend or family member with a mental health problem.
Mental health literacy: Empowering the community to take action for better mental health (Jorm 2011). Abstract
Jorm discusses the relative lack of attention paid to mental health literacy (public knowledge about mental disorders) compared to knowledge about what actions to take for prevention, early intervention, and treatment of physical disorders. Nevertheless, as Jorm discusses, evidence that a range of interventions can improve mental health literacy, including whole-of-community campaigns, interventions in educational settings, Mental Health First Aid training, and information websites.
The influence of stigma on first aid actions taken by young people for mental health problems in a close friend or family member (Yap and Jorm 2011). Abstract.
Young people are an important source of first aid for mental health problems in people they are close to, but their first aid skills remain inadequate. This study examined the influence of stigma on first aid actions taken by young people to help someone close to them with a mental health problem.
Mental health first aid responses of the public: Results from an Australian national survey (Jorm, et al., 2003-2004). Full text article.
A national survey of 4000 Australian adults examined how they would respond to someone they know and care about who has a mental disorder. The results show that mental health first aid skills need improving in a number of areas. They also show that lack of knowledge of mental disorders and stigmatizing attitudes are barriers to people providing first aid.
More mental health literacy research can be found at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health's Population Mental Health Group
publications web-page. MHFA Australia work with closely with this team, lead by MHFA co-founder Professor Tony Jorm. Their research is focused on mental health literacy of communities and is very relevant to the mission of MHFA Australia.