Temasek Foundation Cares - Project EMHFA(S) (Mental Health First Aid Singapore)
Pilot programme to build community resilience in mental health through development of an e-learning platform for MHFA(S) courses
Partners: Changi General Hospital, Community Organisations
Studies show that 1 in 10 people in Singapore will have some form of mental illness in their lifetime. Early detection and intervention significantly improve the outcomes for people with or at risk of mental health problems. As key touchpoints for the general public, community-based organisations trained in mental health literacy will be able to serve as the frontline in early detection and intervention for mental health issues amongst residents and members, especially those in the vulnerable groups.
The Mental Health First Aid (Singapore) course is an accredited course in mental health literacy that is suitable for lay persons. Participants learn to identify common mental health problems, provide initial assistance and guide the person to appropriate professional help. The Temasek Foundation Cares - Project eMHFA(S) aims to build a more resilient community by training community leaders in mental health first aid through an e-learning platform. This allows for the modules to be more accessible and the blended learning reduces the on-site learning component to half a day, instead of the two-day on-site learning required under the standard MHFA(S) course.
The programme aims to train 900 community leaders to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health problems, enhance community understanding of mental health challenges, how to provide first aid and where to seek professional help.