Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received.
The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. As an illustration the course will teach how to assist someone experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem. Furthermore participants will learn how to help someone who is in a mental health crisis. Ultimately those completing the course will learn how to help people in these situations get the help they need via appropriate professional help or the crisis resolves. The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the MHFA Guidelines.