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. Lifeline Broken Hill has been running Mental Health First Aid courses for the community for over 6 years. Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation has been running programs since 2007. GWAHS also has Mental Health First Aid Instructors on staff.

The BH UDRH in conjunction with the MHFA Instructors network is looking at the benefits of training employment related groups to recognise and offer early intervention to people experiencing symptoms related to mental illness.

A draft expression of interest for training has been prepared and will be presented to the next Network meeting.