MHFA Training really makes a difference
Approximately 20% of Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. Completing an MHFA Course will help you to develop the skills to support a friend, family member or co-worker.
Having mental health first aid skills means that you can assist someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community.
Mental Health First Aid is a thoroughly evaluated, evidence informed, skills development course for community members
MHFA courses are based on evidence of what is best practice mental health first aid to support someone who has a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis. This evidence has been developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne, through developing guidelines that cover a number of mental health problems, crises and in different contexts. Once developed, courses are evaluated to assess the outcomes.
MHFA Australia Guidelines give an overview of the best practice in providing mental health first aid to support people with mental health problems. The MHFA courses are based on these guidelines.
The guidelines are developed using the Delphi consensus method, where consumers, carers, health professionals and researchers work together to agree what techniques and skills are best practice. The guidelines have been developed in partnership with researchers from the University of Melbourne.
MHFA Australia has evaluated all MHFA courses to ensure that they are having a positive impact, using rigorous, scientific methods. In addition, a number of independent organisations have also evaluated the courses.