First Aid Program Awards and Recognition
The Mental Health First Aid Program has continued to receive recognition and awards for excellence, effectiveness and efficiency within Australia and overseas since the Program was first developed in 2000. This has included the provision of Mental Health First Aid as a key evidence-based health promotion and early intervention program for public and social policy initiatives.
Recent awards and recognition are listed below.
In 2013, former President of the United States Barack Obama put forward a specific plan to protect children and communities by reducing gun violence in the United States. This included the provision of Mental Health First Aid training teachers and other adults who interact with youth to detect and respond to mental illness in children and young adults, including how to encourage adolescents and families experiencing these problems to seek treatment.
In 2015, Michelle Obama supports the Mental Health First Aid Program while addressing an audience of government, business and nonprofit leaders in Washington in 2015. The then First Lady spoke about how we must change the way we support and care for people with mental health and substance use problems, and stated that the Australian developed Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a strategy to do just that.
Other forms of Founder Recognition
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