Published, peer reviewed studies about the course show people who get trained in Mental Health First Aid:
- increase their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions;
- can identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental illness or addiction;
- increase their confidence and likelihood to help an individual in distress;
- exhibit increased mental wellness themselves;
- reduce the social distance created by negative attitudes and perceptions of individuals with mental illnesses.
All Mental Health First Aid guidelines are produced following a systematic method of reaching consensus in a panel of experts called the Delphi Method. Use of expert consensus is a practical alternative to randomized controlled trials, which are often not feasible or ethical for evaluating specific first aid strategies. Read more about the Delphi Method.