Mental Health Facilitator (MHF)

The Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program is designed to improve access to mental health care within a given community by educating and training paraprofessionals, lay persons, and professionals from outside of mental health in the basics of mental health. The intent is not to create a new mental health profession, but rather to provide individuals with the tools and skills necessary to identify mental health needs, make referrals, and work with and support those in need of mental health care.

The MHF program is only introduced at the request of local mental health or health related experts. NBCC-I provides a 30-hour core curriculum, which includes a basic structure for teaching helping skills, working with integrity, diversity awareness, suicide prevention, trauma response, and referral and consultation techniques. To ensure cultural appropriateness, the training program is evaluated and contextualized as needed to fit cultural norms prior to being presented and has also been translated to other languages as needed.

For a more in-depth description of the MHF program, please refer to the MHF Project Summary.


Mental health facilitation: The MHF process promotes development of relationships to help individuals realize their abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, find success and fulfillment in their work, and contribute to the general well-being of their communities. A comprehensive set of mental health concepts and skills is presented in a training program based on a core curriculum written for individuals outside the mental health professions.

Mission Statement

To provide skilled, responsible access to quality mental health interventions, usually through basic first-contact help and/or referrals to mental health professionals, while respecting human dignity and meeting population needs by balancing globally accepted practices with local norms and conditions.

Curriculum Translations

The MHF curriculum has been translated to Chinese, Spanish, Bahasa Malaysia, Dzongkha (language of Bhutan), Japanese, German, Swahili, Arabic, Portuguese and Greek.