The main differences between MHFA and Psychological First Aid (PSA) as follows:
- MHFA has a broader focus. We have defined it as follows: “Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves “. Thus, it includes the full range of developing mental disorders and associated crises. PSA is usually solely focused on response to disasters.
- MHFA does give some training in how to respond to a person who has experienced a traumatic event. However, this training is much less detailed than in Psychological First Aid.
- In Australia Psychological First Aid is often given by people with some specialist mental health training. MHFA training is designed for non health professionals. The first aider’s role stops once appropriate professional help is reached.