Mental Health Facilitator (MHF)

Education and Training

The Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program is designed to improve access to mental health care in a given community by educating and training community members from diverse backgrounds.

The intent is not to create a new mental health profession, but rather to provide individuals with the tools and skills necessary to:

A Collaborative Program

The MHF program is introduced when requested by local mental health experts or other community members. To ensure cultural appropriateness, the training program can be contextualized and translated to fit cultural norms.

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

Program Structure

NBCC-I provides a core curriculum, which includes the following:

  • Helping skills
  • Diversity awareness
  • Trauma response
  • Working with integrity
  • Suicide prevention
  • Referral and consultation methods

This core has three distinct MHF program structures depending on a community's needs:

30-hour standard curriculum
Abridged curriculum designed for one-day training
24-hour MHF curriculum for school staff

Each curriculum has been thoroughly grounded in international mental health research literature. The MHF bibliography is available to the public.

Definition of 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.