Since 2008, more than one million people (over 167,850
people in rural areas) across the United States have been
trained. Research studies examining this approach have
found that Mental Health First Aid course participants
- Improved knowledge of mental illnesses and treatments
- Knowledge of appropriate strategies for helping
- Confidence to provide assistance
regarding mental health issues
The Rural Monitor article
Mental Health First Aid Offers Helping Hand in Rural
Communities provides an overview of Rural Mental
Health First Aid, with details on implementations in
Missouri and New Mexico.
For more information on program results in the United
El-Amin, T., Anderson, B.L., Leider, J.P., Satorius, J.,
& Knudson, A. (2018). Enhancing Mental Health Literacy in
Rural America: Growth of Mental Health First Aid Program
in Rural Communities in the United States from 2008-2016.
Journal of Rural Mental Health, 42(1), 20-31.
Mendenhall, A.N., Jackson, S.C., & Hase, S. (2013).
Mental Health First Aid USA in a Rural Community:
Perceived Impact on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior.
Social Work in Mental Health, 11(6), 563-577.
A detailed list of international
evaluations and publications related to this approach
is available from Mental Health First Aid Australia.
Mental Health First Aid USA summarizes the program's
and evidence base.