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What is MHFA?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based educational program that teaches basic information about a variety of mental illnesses and practical skills to help family, friends, colleagues and others who might be experiencing a mental health challenge, disorder or crisis. Founded in Australia in 2001 by Betty Kitchener and her husband Tony Jorm, the program is now worldwide.
MHFA came to the United States in 2008 with the introduction of the Adult curriculum. The Youth curriculum followed in 2012. The U.S. program now boasts more than 1.5 million Mental Health First Aiders in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
The National Council for Behavioral Health oversees the implementation of MHFA in the United States.
If you haven't figured it out yet..MHFA has a Koala mascot named ALGEE! And from Australia to the USA he and Brandon (MHFA Master Trainer) have trained in communities, corporations, and Schools across the nation!
From religious organizations to professional and academic organizations, Mental Health First Aid is an effective way to educate and even gain continuing education hours!
If you'd like for Brandon to come out and conduct a local training for your community or professional agency,
contact us today!
The 8-hour Youth MHFA certificate course is designed to give adults the information and skills they need to aid youth, ages 13-18, who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, disorder, or crisis.