An internationally recognized training program where participants learn the signs and symptoms of mental health literacy and practical skills needed to support someone experiencing a mental health problem (such as depression, anxiety, or substance use)
Delivered in-person and online for Indian education institutions by Mpower (an initiative of the Aditya Birla Education Trust) and upGrad Connect to drive positive Student Wellbeing outcomes.
Mental Health First Aid™ is a short course conceptualised and created by Mental Health First Aid International in 2000 with the goal of addressing a community gap for practical mental health. Over the past two decades, they have expanded their reach within communities of all different types, sizes, and locations from local to national, and from national to international.
The MHFA course is designed to
MHFA is meant to be given until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves, and NOT qualify one to
We offer two MHFA modules: Youth Mental Health First Aid and teen Mental Health First Aid
The courses are highly recommended for
The courses have been tailored for India and the Indian context and is delivered by Mpower (an initiative of Aditya Birla Education Trust) who are solely licensed by MHFA Australia to offer this training in India.
The Mental Health First Aid training course teaches participants about the types of help and supports available and how to help someone access the support they need.
Youth MHFA (Face to Face & Online Learning)
Learn about adolescent development and the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in young people, including crisis situations.
Learn how to get help for a young person who is developing a mental illness, what help research has proven to be effective, and how to provide first aid during crisis situations.
teen MHFA (Face to Face only)
Improve the mental health literacy of a whole cohort to reduce the stigmatizing behaviours and attitudes that often prevail.
The course teaches teenagers about the different types of mental health problems and mental health crisis situations in young people
Learn how to recognise changes in a friend’s thinking, feelings, or behaviour that may indicate the presence of a mental health problem.
When a participant passes the assessment set against these guidelines, they are “Accredited” as an MHFAider. A participant is then eligible to be appointed as a Mental Health First Aid Officer in their respective workplace. They will also receive a reminder in 3 years’ time notifying them that they are due to complete an MHFA Refresher Course.
Being an MHFA Aider means you can help anyone who seeks mental health support and assistance, regardless of age group or population.
MHFA is – the initial help given to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves.
Please note that:
– MHFA is not therapy or counselling.
– MHFA does not qualify people to make mental health diagnoses.
– This course will not make you a crusader and champion of mental health, able to help everyone around you. Instead, it is designed to help you question what you know about mental health, and change the way you think about, understand, and empathise with anyone dealing with it.
– You will be able to better support the people in your immediate life, whether as a parent, a friend, or as a professional colleague, with its help.
The course learnings are optimised by undertaking it as two separate sessions. This is the recommended structure based on prior evidence.
A certification and reference material
All participants must take an evaluation test after completion of training to receive the certificate. Participants can re-take tests
The courses are delivered by Mpower (an initiative of Aditya Birla Education Trust) who are solely licensed by MHFA Global to offer this training in India. Mpower is an organisation that works towards creating a body of knowledge, expertise and specialists in the field of mental health. They are a licensed provider of the Youth and teen MHFA program in India, having received the Australia course, and later adapting and making it relevant for an Indian context; centering on Indian statistics and issues.
upGrad Connect are facilitating the training through schools and colleges in India for their students, staff and parent community. As an instrument in the international education narrative and journey, we at upGrad Connect understand the importance of mental health and well-being through every step of the journey, as well as in all aspects of life. For students and young professionals, specifically, mental well-being and being able to rely on peers are big and ever-present themes. We champion the wealth of knowledge and skills offered by the MHFA course and believe it would be of great value to all our stakeholders.
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The courses will be delivered at your home location. You will be included as part of a cohort at the location you indicare in the enquiry form
For any further inquiries, you may contact [email protected]