Coventry University and the University of Birmingham evaluated all the MHFA course feedback evaluations from October 2011 - December 2012 (11,502) and asked the questions: "Is improving the mental health literacy of the population contributing to a public health priority?" and "Is this achieved through MHFA?"
The study found that:
The study concluded that MHFA training met public health priorities by increasing mental health literacy.
Patterson, P. & Pearson, L. University of Birmingham & Coventry University. 2013: Mental Health First Aid England: is improving the mental health literacy of the population contributing to a public health priority? (Presented at Public Health England annual conference)