First Aid’s Mental Health Battle is Big

Ellison Bloomfield knows that immersing herself in the stories of individuals who have benefited from mental health first aid training is a gratifying way to raise awareness. Recently, the marketing manager with Mental Health First Aid Australia did this by promoting MHFAA’s online video campaign I Am One. The campaign, which champions World Mental Health Day and celebrates the two million mental health first aid-trained individuals worldwide, features the stories …

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Building Capacity of Communities to Help People with Mental Health Problems

The Mental Health First Aid program has solid evidence for its effectiveness from randomized controlled trials and qualitative studies in increasing knowledge, reducing stigma and, most importantly, increasing supportive actions by members of the public to people with mental health problems. The program was developed in Australia in 2001 and has spread to many other countries. Currently over 170,000 Australians (1% of the adult population) have done the training. It …

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