What is Mental Health First Aid?

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g., the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country. TalkWise offers MHFA Courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Sallyanne Keevers who is currently accredited by MHFA Australia.

Many professional bodies endorse participation in the course with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. More details can be found on the Mental Health First Aid Australia website.

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided over time.