Since it began in 2000, Mental Health First Aid Australia has been committed to evaluating its training programs using rigorous scientific methods. Listed here are studies that evaluated MHFA training and have been published in peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals.
These evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness, benefits which are maintained over time. Some studies have also shown improved mental health in those who attend the training, decreases in stigmatising attitudes and increases in the amount and type of support provided to others.
You will be able to read more about MHFA Australia’s impact and research informing MHFA curriculum.