Raising Community Awareness

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a course developed in 2000 by Betty Kitchener and Professor Tony Jorm with the aim of improving the mental health literacy of members of the Australian community. It is now auspiced by ORYGEN Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, Dept. of Psychiatry.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is now internationally recognized as an effective way to increase community awareness of mental health disorders and to encourage communities to identify and intervene early when they recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness in friends, family or themselves. The MHA is active in providing Standard MHFA training courses throughout Far west NSW. In 2015 the Youth version will be offered to schools across the region.