Mental Health First Aid
Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or in a mental health-related crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.
MHFA courses teach mental health first aid strategies to members of the public. Course content is derived from a number of consensus studies incorporating the expertise of hundreds of researchers, clinicians, mental health consumer advocates and carer advocates across the world.
MHFA courses can provide members of the community with:
- Skills in recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental health problems
- Knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems
- Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem
- Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behavior, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behavior
- Awareness of the evidence-based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available.
The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program was founded in 2001 by Australian couple Betty Kitchener and Professor Tony Jorm. Since then, the program has spread from Australia to over 20 countries. More information on Mental Health First Aid International, trading as Mental Health First Aid Australia, can be found at www.mhfa.com.au and on https://mhfa.com.au/our-impact/international-mhfa-programs.
In 2009, TPO Cambodia joined the program and adapted MHFA to the Cambodian audience and context for effectiveness. We are listed on the Mental Health First Aid Australia website as the official MHFA provider in Cambodia. Check it out here.
TPO’s evidence-based, three-day MHFA course trains people in providing initial help to someone experiencing a mental health problem before and until professional help is sought. The course is suited to a wide range of participants, including health care professionals, teachers, social workers, field workers, police and security personnel, supervisors, HR personnel, members of the public.
For more info, contact the TPO Training Center on firstname.lastname@example.org.