Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The First Aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

The Mental Health First Aid Programme was developed by Betty Kitchener and Professor Tony Jorm in 2000 to raise the level of mental health literacy of the local Canberra community. The aim in creating the program was to extend the concept of first aid training to include mental health problems so that community members were empowered to provide better initial support to someone who is developing a mental health problem, has a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis. Currently 21 countries across the world have recognised and adapted the MHFA Australia program for their own settings.  

In 2015 Richmond Foundation was licensed as the Mental Health First Aid provider for Malta. The Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is based on the international MHFA Guidelines. These guidelines were developed using consensus of mental health consumers, carers and professionals from English-speaking developed countries. The Standard MHFA course teaches members of the public how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. 

Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual and a certificate of completion, valid for three years.  


Mental Health First Aid 

Trainers: Qualified trainers from Richmond Foundation 
Target Audience: All members of staff at UM. The maximum capacity for this course is of 18 participants.
Duration of session: 12 hours 

The Mental Health First Aid follows the model that has been successful with conventional First Aid. This course trains members of the public to give early help to developing mental health problems and assistance in crisis situations.

The course currently involves 12 hours of training: 4 modules of 3 hours each.

Course Content

  • Mental health problems in Malta
  • Mental Health First Aid Action Plan
  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Mental health crises

 Crisis situations covered

  • Person who is suicidal or engaging in self-injury
  • Person having a panic attack
  • Person who has experienced a traumatic event
  • Person in a severe psychotic state
  • Person with severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Person with aggressive behaviour

Mental Health First Aid Refresher

Trainers: Qualified trainers from Richmond Foundation 
Target Audience: Members of staff who have successfully completed the Mental Health First Aid Course and their certification is due to expire.
Duration of session: 4 hours 

Course Content 

This course will help participants to:  

  • Gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field
  • Learn the three key actions to support distressed and suicidal people
  • Work through complex Mental Health First Aid interactions
  • Practice Mental Health First Aid skills 

Being present for your colleagues: exploring challenges and opportunities

Trainers: Qualified trainers from Richmond Foundation 
Target Audience: HR Professionals, Health & Safety Personnel, Managers & Supervisors
Duration of session: 1.5 hours

The webinar will be held over Zoom. This will be a collaborative discussion consisting of both prepared content as well as time allocated for questions and answers and discussion between peers.

The focus will be on:

  • What reactions to expect in the current reality and how to cope with this reality
  • Responding to employees' different reactions
  • Tips on self-care and wellbeing
  • Exploring the challenges and opportunities of working remotely
  • Encouraging team building and virtual socialising between teams 
  • Leading by example: supporting your colleagues and yourself during this time