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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia

Contact

Name: Nataly Bovopoulos

Position: Deputy CEO

Email: natalyb@mhfa.com.au

Address

L6 369 Royal Pde

Parkville

Melbourne 3052

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Our Mission / Objective

 



However, mental health problems are common. In Australia, approximately one in five adults will experience mental illness in any given year. In light of this, all members of the community can expect to have close contact with someone experiencing a mental illness.



Lack of knowledge and stigmatizing attitudes about mental illness may prevent people from seeking help early, seeking the best sort of help and also providing appropriate support to colleagues and family members, simply because they do not know how. 





In order to improve the level of mental health literacy of the community, a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course was developed and conducted by MHFA Australia, following the model that has been successfully applied in many countries with conventional first aid. A number of studies have indicated that MHFA training can be effective in reducing stigmatizing attitudes, increasing willingness and confidence providing help to others, and more evidence-based assistance provided (more info here: https://www.mhfa.com.au/cms/evaluation-publications/).



The MHFA Program has spread rapidly within Australia, with over 1,000 accredited MHFA Instructors running courses in every state and territory in workplaces, communities and education institutions. To date, more than 200,000 adults have completed MHFA course in Australia.



Whilst the rapid growth of MHFA is inspiring and very encouraging, we still have a long way to go until MHFA becomes a mandatory certification for certain professions and roles, as physical first aid is. 



The main success of the effectiveness and spread of the MHFA Program is due to the large amount of voluntary time and financial contribution given by the creators, Betty Kitchener and Tony Jorm and also to the exceptional hard work of the small team of staff members. For this good program to be self-sustaining, it needs a source of steady funding. A donation from a philanthropic agency would help to achieve this.


Projects in Progress

Projects in progress:



Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses – open to all adult (18 years and over) members of the public:




  • 12-hour Standard MHFA course for adults providing mental health first aid to other adults

  • 14-hour Youth MHFA course for adults providing mental health first aid to young people (i.e., approx 12-18 years)

  • 14-hour Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA course for adults providing mental health first aid to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders



View course calendar here: www.mhfa.com.au/current_courses.php



 



Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor Training Courses –accrediting successful applicants to conduct the 12-14-hour MHFA Courses




  • 5-day Standard MHFA Instructor Training Course

  • 5.5-day Youth MHFA Instructor Training Course

  • 5-day Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA Instructor Training Course



View training calendar here: www.mhfa.com.au/instructor_courses.php



 



Future plans:




  • Ongoing rewrites and revisions of the curriculum

  • Development of a tailored online e-learning MHFA course

  • Launching a teen MHFA Program, for adolescents helping adolescents

  • Development of Youth Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA supplementary materials, on how to give MHFA to an Indigenous adolescent

  • Development of an easy-to-read MHFA book for remote Aboriginal communities

  • Development of MHFA for Older Persons course curriculum

  • A modified Standard MHFA course for 3 sectors of frontline community workers: financial counselors, nursing students and medical students) – funded through a grant from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA)


Our People

CEO

Nataly Bovopoulos - Deputy CEO, Betty Kitchener - CEO

Names of Board Members


  • Susan Goldie, Acting Chair

  • Professor Tony Jorm

  • Kevin Ferguson

  • Michele Barry

  • Professor Nick Allen



More info on MHFA Board members here: www.mhfa.com.au/cms/our-board


Registration Information

ABN

57 153 480 436

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

General Donations

Your support of Mental Health First Aid Australia will help continue the work to improve support, early detection and treatment of mental health problems and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.



To make a donation to support the work of Mental Health First Aid Australia, please visit www.mhfa.com.au and select the ‘Donate’ button. 



If you would like to support the work of Mental Health Fist Aid Australia in other ways, such as by donations through workplace giving, becoming a corporate partner, or if you have other ideas, please email us at mhfa@mhfa.com.au


Work with us

Volunteer with us

Media and PR, marketing, lobbying, and fundraising volunteer opportunities are available. Please phone MHFA Australia on 03 9079 0200 to discuss your involvement.


Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

 



However, mental health problems are common. In Australia, approximately one in five adults will experience mental illness in any given year. In light of this, all members of the community can expect to have close contact with someone experiencing a mental illness.



Lack of knowledge and stigmatizing attitudes about mental illness may prevent people from seeking help early, seeking the best sort of help and also providing appropriate support to colleagues and family members, simply because they do not know how. 





In order to improve the level of mental health literacy of the community, a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course was developed and conducted by MHFA Australia, following the model that has been successfully applied in many countries with conventional first aid. A number of studies have indicated that MHFA training can be effective in reducing stigmatizing attitudes, increasing willingness and confidence providing help to others, and more evidence-based assistance provided (more info here: https://www.mhfa.com.au/cms/evaluation-publications/).



The MHFA Program has spread rapidly within Australia, with over 1,000 accredited MHFA Instructors running courses in every state and territory in workplaces, communities and education institutions. To date, more than 200,000 adults have completed MHFA course in Australia.



Whilst the rapid growth of MHFA is inspiring and very encouraging, we still have a long way to go until MHFA becomes a mandatory certification for certain professions and roles, as physical first aid is. 



The main success of the effectiveness and spread of the MHFA Program is due to the large amount of voluntary time and financial contribution given by the creators, Betty Kitchener and Tony Jorm and also to the exceptional hard work of the small team of staff members. For this good program to be self-sustaining, it needs a source of steady funding. A donation from a philanthropic agency would help to achieve this.


Projects in Progress

Projects in progress:



Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses – open to all adult (18 years and over) members of the public:




  • 12-hour Standard MHFA course for adults providing mental health first aid to other adults

  • 14-hour Youth MHFA course for adults providing mental health first aid to young people (i.e., approx 12-18 years)

  • 14-hour Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA course for adults providing mental health first aid to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders



View course calendar here: www.mhfa.com.au/current_courses.php



 



Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor Training Courses –accrediting successful applicants to conduct the 12-14-hour MHFA Courses




  • 5-day Standard MHFA Instructor Training Course

  • 5.5-day Youth MHFA Instructor Training Course

  • 5-day Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA Instructor Training Course



View training calendar here: www.mhfa.com.au/instructor_courses.php



 



Future plans:




  • Ongoing rewrites and revisions of the curriculum

  • Development of a tailored online e-learning MHFA course

  • Launching a teen MHFA Program, for adolescents helping adolescents

  • Development of Youth Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA supplementary materials, on how to give MHFA to an Indigenous adolescent

  • Development of an easy-to-read MHFA book for remote Aboriginal communities

  • Development of MHFA for Older Persons course curriculum

  • A modified Standard MHFA course for 3 sectors of frontline community workers: financial counselors, nursing students and medical students) – funded through a grant from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA)


Our People

CEO

Nataly Bovopoulos - Deputy CEO, Betty Kitchener - CEO

Names of Board Members


  • Susan Goldie, Acting Chair

  • Professor Tony Jorm

  • Kevin Ferguson

  • Michele Barry

  • Professor Nick Allen



More info on MHFA Board members here: www.mhfa.com.au/cms/our-board


Registration Information

ABN

57 153 480 436

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

General Donations

Your support of Mental Health First Aid Australia will help continue the work to improve support, early detection and treatment of mental health problems and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.



To make a donation to support the work of Mental Health First Aid Australia, please visit www.mhfa.com.au and select the ‘Donate’ button. 



If you would like to support the work of Mental Health Fist Aid Australia in other ways, such as by donations through workplace giving, becoming a corporate partner, or if you have other ideas, please email us at mhfa@mhfa.com.au


Work with us

Volunteer with us

Media and PR, marketing, lobbying, and fundraising volunteer opportunities are available. Please phone MHFA Australia on 03 9079 0200 to discuss your involvement.


Our Annual Reports

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