- MHFA was originally conceived to provide help to persons developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA can be offered until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. However, since mental health education is offered, the MHFA program can also be made available to persons with a mental health condition, their family or caregivers.
- In April 2013, the U.K. launched the first Mental Health First Aid Training for Veterans and their families. In April 2014, the US MHFA for military members, Veterans, and their families was launched and has shown positive results. In Canada, the MHFA is under the auspices of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
* This amount is an accrual amount. These figures represent the additional costs of these initiatives over the life of the programs.
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