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who we areThe Mental Health First Aid Programme was created in Canberra, Australia in 2000 by an educator and mental health consumer (Betty Kitchener) working as a volunteer in partnership with a mental health researcher (Anthony Jorm). The MHFA programme has now spread to 24 countries and has been incorporated into national mental health policy in many.

Saint John of God Hospital is a not-for profit, independent provider of mental health services. In May 2014 the Hospital signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MHFA Australia to adapt the course for Ireland and in October 2014 Betty Kitchener came to Saint John of God Hospital to advise on the roll out of the MHFA Ireland Programme.

The work of MHFA Ireland is overseen by our Project Director Dolores Keating, Project Manager Donal Scanlan and the National Training Team who advises on strategy and support instructor training. We are governed currently by Saint John of God Hospital Ltd, led by CEO Emma Balmaine and her board of management.

Contact Details

Give us a shout?
Call 01 2771458

Or write to us at:
Mental Health First Aid Ireland
C/o Saint John of God Hospital,
Stillorgan,
Co. Dublin