Mental Health First Aid training came to England in 2007. The Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) developed and launched the programme as part of a national approach to improve public mental health. In January of that year, the first 14 National Trainers were trained by MHFA Scotland.

And we’ve come a long way over the years – we now have over 2,500 Instructor Members and together we have since reached over 800,000 people inand over 20,000 organisations with our mental health training. Plus, there are over half a million MHFAiders® in England providing support and breaking down barriers surrounding mental health.

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MHFA England - Our history

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We are a Licensed Provider of Mental Health First Aid training from MHFA International. Based in Australia, MHFA International is a not-for-profit organisation that develops, delivers and evaluates accredited mental health training programmes.

The Mental Health First Aid programme began in Australia in 2000, and has since evolved into a global movement that is delivered by an active community of licensed providers in 24 countries. To date, over 4 million people worldwide have been trained.

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