Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.
Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in 25 countries, MHFA courses teach people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide someone towards the right support services. We are part of a global community where almost three million people have been trained in MHFA skills so far.
MHFA came to England in 2007 and was developed and launched under the Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) as part of a national approach to improving public mental health. In 2009 we became a Community Interest Company (CIC). The MHFA England office is in London E1 with a central team of 90 members of staff.
To date we have trained over 1,800 independent instructors who have delivered MHFA courses to 350,000 people across the country. We also offer in-house training and consultancy directly to organisations through our Commercial Team. Our goal is to train 1 in 10 people in England in MHFA skills to continue breaking the stigma around mental health and improving access to support.
We continually develop our training products to keep them at the cutting edge of research and best practice. Our courses are tailored to meet the needs of a range of audiences and include Adult MHFA, Youth MHFA, Higher Education MHFA, and Armed Forces MHFA.