We are Mental Health First Aid India

Mental Health First Aid Program 

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program was originally developed in Australia in 2000 by Betty Kitchener and Professor Anthony Jorm, a mental health researcher. Based on the research conducted with mental health professionals, advocates, and educators they designed the MHFA program focused on the core principles of providing early intervention, increasing mental health literacy, reducing stigma, and promoting early help-seeking behaviors.

The program aimed at training public members, including family members, friends, and colleagues, to recognize the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, offer appropriate support, and guide individuals to professional help when needed.

Today, the MHFA program is widely recognized as a valuable tool for increasing mental health literacy, promoting early intervention, and reducing stigma surrounding mental health issues. It continues to evolve and be implemented in diverse communities around the world, to build a society that is more supportive and understanding of mental health challenges.


Mental Health First Aid International

Mental Health First Aid International is the only authorising body for licensing MHFA programs to organisations in various countries. MHFA International is an organization that works to promote and support the implementation of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) programs globally. It serves as a coordinating body for MHFA programs in different countries, fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and providing resources and guidance for program implementation.

One of the key roles of MHFA International is to ensure fidelity to the core principles and content of the MHFA program while allowing for cultural and contextual adaptations. The organization collaborates with national program coordinators to ensure that MHFA training aligns with local mental health systems, resources, and cultural sensitivities.


In 2000

Initiated in
Australia

25

countries Adopted
and delivered in

60,000+

Accredited MHFA
Instructors

600,000+

people trained
worldwide

Mental Health First Aid India

In 2017, MHFA India became a Licensed Provider of Mental Health First Aid training authorized by MHFA International, Australia.

 MHFA India aims to contribute towards a society where mental health conversation, supportive actions, and help-seeking are normalised and encouraged. Based in Chennai, MHFA India works with organisations, institutions, and Mental Health First Aid instructors across India. MHFA India is the national body responsible for the implementation and coordination of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program in India. It is a part of the global MHFA network and operates under the guidance and support of MHFA International.

MHFA India works to promote mental health literacy, reduce stigma, and enhance the skills of individuals to provide initial support to those experiencing mental health issues. The organization collaborates with various stakeholders, including mental health professionals, government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and community groups, to implement MHFA training across the country.


Mental Health First Aid India is the only body to provide and manage Standard Mental Health First Aid Instructor courses in India

Areas of focus

Mental Health Education

Through education and quality awareness, we can reduce stigma, and bring positive attitudes toward mental health among the public.

Mental Health Research & Advocacy

Measure the impact of MHFA and advocate for better mental health development through research and scientific data.

Support & Expertise

When you train with MHFA, we are there with you all the way to guide you towards building a mental health supportive system.

Who can benefit from MHFA training

  • Anyone

    The MHFA program is for every adult willing to build mental health knowledge and skills to support themselves and the people around them for positive mental health.

    Know more
  • Corporate and Educational Institutions

    Mental Health First Aid India works with corporations and educational institutions that value the well-being of their members. A mentally healthy organisation is vital for a successful business.

    Know more
  • Trainers

    Mental Health First Aid India educates trainers to be able to deliver different mental health programs. MHFA Trainers can then train different communities as Mental Health First Aiders.

    Know more

MHFA Journey

  • Timeline Img

    2000

    MHFA training was developed and delivered in Australia

  • MHFA India licensed by MHFA International

    Mental Health First Aid India obtained the MHFA International license in 2017, to carry out the standard MHFA program, across the country.

    2017

    Timeline Img
  • Timeline Img

    2018

    MHFA India delivers its first SMHFA Training

    Our first Standard Mental Health First Aid training program was delivered in 2018. This program equips people with practical skills to help someone they care about.

  • Introduced new courses during the pandemic

    Online courses to support workplaces, higher education institutes, and the public were developed to deal with the emotional and mental health effects of the pandemic

    2020

    Timeline Img
  • Timeline Img

    2021

    MHFA India delivers its first SMHFA Training

    Our first Standard Mental Health First Aid training program was delivered in 2018. This program equips people with practical skills to help someone they care about.

  • Introduced new courses during the pandemic

    Online courses to support workplaces, higher education institutes, and the public were developed to deal with the emotional and mental health effects of the pandemic

    2022

    Timeline Img
  • Timeline Img

    2023

    MHFA India delivers its first SMHFA Training

    Our first Standard Mental Health First Aid training program was delivered in 2018. This program equips people with practical skills to help someone they care about.

Subscribe to our Newsletter