By ZOOM, 'Mental Health First Aid'
May 24, 2022
Betty Kitchener OAM
By ZOOM, 'Mental Health First Aid'

Each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness. Many people are not knowledgeable or confident to offer assistance. Physical first aid is accepted and widespread in our community, however most do not cover mental health problems. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches people the skills to help someone who they're concerned about.

In 2000, Betty co-developed the Mental Health First Aid Program with her husband Professor Tony Jorm. 
Betty has held qualifications and experience as a school teacher, a counsellor and a registered nurse. She has a Research Masters in Nursing, Bachelor Degree in Psychology and post graduate qualifications in counselling. 
 
In 2015, Betty was awarded as an Order of Australia Member AM for her MHFA work. 
 
In her retirement, Betty has developed the Older Person Mental Health First Aid (OPMHFA) Program.
 
M.C. Katrina Flinn