Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA England) and Centre for Mental Health are inviting expressions of interest from qualified academic research institutions to participate in a mixed methods evaluation of the impact of Mental Health First Aid in the workplace.

The evaluation will aim to expand the knowledge base for MHFA significantly beyond established evidence on its benefits, such as improving mental health awareness, literacy, confidence, and self-care. It will seek evidence on its impact on ‘end beneficiaries’ – e.g. those experiencing mental health distress at work – and, more generally, its overall benefits to the organisations which adopt the MHFA programme.

The academic research partner would be expected to:

  • Support the design of a detailed methodology and project plan;
  • Contribute to a thorough evidence review of workplace mental health and workplace mental health interventions;
  • Co-develop and pilot an outcome measurement protocol;
  • Provide participating workplace partners with implementation support for data collection;
  • Lead in collecting quantitative and qualitative data from participating workplace partners; and
  • Provide data analysis and lead in the writing of a comprehensive evaluation report.

MHFA England is committed to strengthening the evidence base around MHFA in the workplace and this piece of research will make a significant contribution to the existing body of research and evaluation focused on this global training programme. 

The window for Expressions of Interest closes on 7th January 2019. Full details on how to submit an Expression of Interest can be downloaded here.