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Mental Health First Aid Aotearoa New Zealand

Te Pou is the host of Mental Health First Aid Aotearoa New Zealand.


Ko Awatea, in partnership with Counties Manukau, was the original license holder of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Te Pou became the new host of MHFA Aotearoa New Zealand in July 2020.

As the dedicated host, Te Pou will look at the adaptation and implementation of the MHFA programme within the cultural context of New Zealand. By realizing the workforce potential for mental health and wellbeing, the newly adapted programmes will ensure people working within communities, private or non-private sectors have the basic knowledge and skills to respond to mental health and addiction needs at a level that is appropriate to their day-to-day roles.

Mental Health First Aid courses

MHFA courses are a suite of internationally acclaimed and evidence-based, accredited training programmes that empower and equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to support a friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. There are a number of organisations across New Zealand who deliver MHFA courses.

Mental Health First Aid International

Mental Health First Aid International, based in Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that develops, delivers and evaluates accredited mental health training programs. The Mental Health First Aid Program began in Australia in 2000 and has since evolved into a global movement that is delivered by an active community of licensed providers in 24 countries. To date, over 4 million people worldwide have been trained.

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Te Pou has a wide range of evidence-based resources and tools to help the mental health, addiction and disability workforces.

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Our work

Te Pou works alongside mental health and addiction services, and disability organisations to understand their priorities and workforce challenges.

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