Become a Licensed Mental Health First Aid Provider
Mental Health First Aid International is a registered non-profit organisation and our mission is to increase our social impact globally through the reach and scale of our evidence-based programs by working with values-aligned not-for-profit organisations. Organisations that meet our licensing eligibility criteria are usually government agencies, registered charities or social enterprises.
View the eligibility criteria below.
Single Entity for National Delivery
We want to work with non-profit organisations with national domestic reach and a commitment to reinvesting the financial returns of their courses into supporting marginalised or disadvantaged population groups within the communities they serve. We find that a single entity in a country works best to develop a national MHFA program that benefits everyone. Only organisations in countries without a current licensed provider are eligible to apply for a MHFA Program license.
View our list of current licensed providers.
Commercial multinationals can access our MHFA programs through existing licensed providers. MHFA courses can be delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors and/or multinationals can pursue having key staff train as accredited Instructors to support the internal delivery of courses to employees.
Establishing a MHFA Program
The journey to establish a MHFA Program in a new country is a strategic and considered process. The MHFA Program is currently suitable for high-income countries that have well-established public health systems and resources. New licensed providers generally start with the introduction of the Standard Mental Health First Aid Course for adults in workplaces or community settings.
The process of adaptation of the Australian course curriculum includes tailoring to local languages, health systems and cultures which generally takes at least 12 months. Once the curriculum has been localised, the licensed provider is responsible for training their own MHFA Instructors and delivering courses to their local communities.
Sustainable Business and Funding Model
Prospective licensed providers must have a proven business and funding model that provides the necessary funding to cover up to 12 months of operating costs. This will cover the time needed to tailor, translate and develop teaching materials from our core curriculum as well as piloting MHFA courses that suits the country’s local context and cultural sensitivities.
Organisations must fund and build their own sustainable business model which include curriculum adaptation, course development, program management, community engagement, branding and marketing, website and eLearning development, admin and IT support in addition to ongoing business and staff costs.
Evaluation and Quality Assurance
Prospective licensed providers need to demonstrate a commitment to research and evaluation. Preferably this will include an existing relationship with a University or relevant Government agency that will support the evaluation of MHFA training in the country.
New licensed providers are also responsible for ensuring that their Instructors have the capacity and high-quality training to deliver accredited MHFA courses.