MHFA programs and courses are evidence based training, which teach mental health first aid skills to members of the public and prepare instructors who are trained and accredited individuals to deliver MHFA courses to communities and workplaces across the country. The concept of MHFA is that people should be taught on how to perform basic ‘first aid’ for those showing signs of mental health distress, just as they are commonly taught first aid for physical conditions.
Where It Started
The MHFA course was originally developed at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University in Canberra. The original Australian version of the manual was written by Betty Kitchener and Professor Anthony Jorm in 2000. Since then, it has evolved into a global movement with licensed programs in more than 25 countries and counting. You can find out more about international MHFA programs at mhfainternational.org. MHFA is now available to Indian citizens and communities.
Who Can Benefit from the Training
Any individual 18 years and above! Some of the communities that can benefit directly from the training include: