Since it began in Australia in 2000, Mental Health First Aid training programmes have been continually evaluated using rigorous, scientific studies, conducted both by MHFA organisations and by independent organisations.

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals who may be experiencing mental ill health – benefits which are maintained over time. Some studies have also shown improved mental health in those who attend the training, decreases in stigmatising attitudes and increases in the amount and type of support provided to others.

To read about international research into MHFA training programmes, visit