What is Mental Health First Aid? (MHFA)
Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis
We’re all familiar with ‘traditional’ first aid – helping people with a physical problem (whether it be an injury, illness or medical condition) before they seek professional medical attention.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an extension of the ‘first aid’ concept into helping people suffering from a mental health crisis (or at risk of developing one). The course is often run over a weekend and helps participants gain an understanding of various common acute mental health conditions and what ‘first aid’ steps they should take.
Mental Health First Aid originated in Australia, you can read more about the original programme on the MHFA Australia website.
MHFA programmes have spread all over the world, here are some links to national programmes:
> MHFA USA
Have you ever been on a Mental Health First Aid course? Was it any good? Would you recommend it to others?