This week we are launching Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England’s first ever Social Impact Report. In a word: WOW.
I think I can say that WOW with supreme confidence and humility because 99.9% of the impact we are reporting on has been created by folk long before I had anything to do with MHFA England.
The Report reflects the successes of the past decade or so since MHFA England became a Social Enterprise. I am so proud of everything that our community of Instructor Members, National Trainers, Associates and Staff have achieved together towards our goal of improving the mental health of the nation.
I am grateful for the hard work, determination and commitment of our community to build the skills and confidence of the population in tackling stigma, talking about mental health, preventing ill health and supporting effective recovery.
There is a double page spread on pages seven and eight, which sets out the extraordinary journey of MHFA England so far.
It is an absolute honour to showcase the personal stories and reflections from colleagues within our community, as well the fantastic partnerships with organisations and schools. I am grateful to everybody who has allowed us to share their stories and only wish we had room to tell more. There are lots more case studies featured on our website so please do take a look.
The Report shows that we have made a good start in pursuit of our goal to train 1 in 10 of the adult population, building individuals’ skills and confidence to play their part and creating an unshakeable belief that mental health must be addressed.
Over 400,000 people have been trained so far and based on our current trajectory, we will hit half a million before World Mental Health Day. Lots trained. Lots more to train. And that is where Strategy 2025 comes in.
This Report tells you more about our vision, mission, our goals and how we intend to reinvest any profit we make on our road to 2025. I hope you are as inspired by the Report as I am and that finding out more about our work inspires you to join us in improving the mental health of the nation.
Given this Report takes us on the journey from the beginning, I want to say thank you to the visionary people there at the beginning whose dreams, leadership, hard work and determination has been fundamental to the impact we have made. There are too many of you to name individually but you know who you are.
You can watch a 3-minute film which summarises who we are, and what we do here.