Research on and evaluations of MHFA
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NHS report from Bristol on MHFA training in BME communities
The report by Ms Faiza Khaliq (BME Mental Health Community Development Worker, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust) shows that MHFA achieved it's learning outcomes in the target group and is recommended for continued use in BME (Black and minority ethnic groups) and VCS (Voluntary Community Sector). The report also gives further recommendations for work with MHFA in these communities. Report found here.
Understanding how skills learnt on the MHFA course are applied
This report is a write up of research done for a Masters Degree on how to better understand how the skills learnt on MHFA courses are used to help people with mental health problems. The author (Graeme Potter) works for the Public Health & Wellbeing Directorate, NHS West Sussex.
For a full copy of this report please click here.
Mental Health First Aid in the North East of England
In 2010 a Partnership project between Mental Health First Aid England and the North East Mental Health Development Unit delivered the MHFA Course to 382 people across 23 venues in North-East England. Post course questionnaires were evaluated by Dr Jo Borrill (University of Westminster).
For a full copy of this evaluation please click here.
University of Westminster Private Sector Evaluation
In August 2010 Dr Jo Borrill (University of Westminster) carried out an evaluation of MHFA Training as delivered to 29 middle or senior managers in the private sector. The training was predominantly delivered by MITIE. Results and learning from the MHFA Training were positive.
NHS Camden review of MHFA
In October 2010 Jane Brett-Jones (Mental Health Promotion Lead, NHS Camden) conducted a review of the progress of the NHS Camden Mental Health First Aid Programme from November 2008 until September 2010. The review shows that MHFA has been successful in particular in their partnership with the Camden Metropolitan Police Service.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS trust
In May 2010 the MHFA course was delivered to managers in Northumberland's Fire and Rescue Service. The report below shows the effectiveness of the course and how it had a significant and positive impact on attitudes to people with mental health problems, and also increased participants' knowledge and confidence about helping people with mental health issues.
University of Bath School for Health
In March 2010 University of Bath School for Health carried out an independent evaluation titled MHFA for Line Managers Working in the Public Sector. The research focused on whether training line managers in MHFA increased mental health literacy, improved confidence in supporting those experiencing mental ill health and positively changed attitudes towards workers/ the public experiencing mental ill health.
MHFA has been delivered in Islington since April 2008. This evaluation was commissioned to establish a greater understanding of the impact it has had locally, what it has achieved and guide NHS Islington's future steps.
Click here (Word doc) for the first stage report
Click here (Word doc) for first stage report summary
Click here (Word doc) for 2nd stage report
Northumberland Evaluation of MHFA Training to Flood Recovery Workers
In September 2008 areas of Northumberland were severely affected by flooding. Research suggests that following flooding communities show an increase in mental ill health such as anxiety and depression (Reacher, McKenzie, Lanes, Nichols, Kedge, Iversen, Hepple, Walter, Laxton & Simpson). A pilot programme was instigated and evaluated to find the effectiveness of training flood recovery workers in MHFA.
Perspectives in Public Health Publication
In March 2010 Anna Zilnyk wrote an article on behalf of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) explaining the importance of early intervention in addressing mental ill health.
Mental Health First Aid - Hull
An Evaluation of the Impact of MHFA Training in Kingston Upon Hull.