Evidence

Picture2 Mental Health First Aid® is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-­Based Programs and Practices.

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.

Delphi Method

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.