MPOWER MHFA INDIA

In 2000 the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) programme was created in Canberra, Australia and by 2016, 1.7 million people received Mental Health First Aid training. 22 Countries around the world have adopted this programme, and now at Mpower, we are the first in the Country to be trained in order to create our own programme. We are now Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aiders! Mental health First Aid is the help given to a young person developing a mental health problem, a worsening of an existing mental health concern, or in a mental health crisis. When an individual is in a physical crisis, we respond by providing first aid, such as CPR. Similarly, MHFA will equip a first aider with the necessary skills to respond to an individual experiencing a mental health crisis. This aid is provided until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves. Awareness and early intervention can lead to prevention and appropriate treatments. With our MHFA training we hope to create more awareness and reach out many more individuals with psychological or mental health concerns and perhaps even save lives. With a rise in suicides and other youth-related problems, we need to take responsibility and hope to spread these effective and mindful approaches that MHFA has to offer.