Research

Since it began in 2000, Mental Health First Aid Australia has been committed to evaluating its training programs using rigorous, scientific studies. A number of these evaluations were conducted by MHFA Australia or by the Population Mental Health Group at the University of Melbourne. Evaluation studies have also been conducted by independent organizations around the world.

By and large Mental Health First Aid as an international program is been proven to be effective. The results of the studies show that the participants of the training,

  • Gain good knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of various mental health problems and illnesses.
  • Can identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental health problem.
  • Increase their confidence and likelihood to help an individual in distress.
  • Show increased mental wellness for themselves.

Studies also show that the program reduces the social distance created by negative attitudes and perceptions of individuals with mental illnesses. A list of all Mental Health First Aid studies and academic reviews from around the world is available here.

Mental Health First Aid India is also committed to keep the quality of the course, and evaluation and research will be conducted abreast the training implementation.

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