Mental Health First Aid offers a series of useful webinars on several mental health subjects. The program was created by Professor Anthony Jorm, a respected mental health literacy professor, and Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education. The program is begun at the ORYGEN Research Center at the University of Melbourne, Australia. In this country, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health worked with the program’s founders to bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. To date, Mental Health First Aid has been replicated in 14 countries, including: England, Scotland, Finland, Canada, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Wales and Singapore.
NASMHPD’s Research Institute presents its “Tuesday Webinars” series, generally hour-long talks with accompanying slide presentations. Although the talks are directed to professionals in the field (state agency directors, state hospital directors, programs managers, professors, and the like), family members can benefit from hearing about trends from the experts themselves. Since over two-thirds of funding for mental health services originate from governments, learning more about the situations in the states can be very instructive–and, in the currently distressed economic environment, sobering.