Mental Health First Aid Bangladesh (MHFA BD)

IWF is the sole license holder for Mental Health First Aid Bangladesh Programme

MHFA Bangladesh was launched by the Country’s Secretary of State for Health and Family Welfare Mr. Syed Monjurul Islam on 9th April 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Poppy Jaman OBE, CEO of MHFA England

To support Mental Health First Aid program in Bangladesh, the Secretary of State for Health and Family Welfare Syed Monjurul Islam says:

“The Government of Bangladesh is committed to the principles of improving the provision of treatment of mental illnesses as well as undertaking activities for creating awareness among people to address the stigma and fear of mental illnesses. I am grateful to the team from Mental Health First Aid England that trained the first cadre of 16 MHFA National Trainers over the past three weeks. I congratulate those 16 national trainers on their success and thank them for their commitment to promote mental health first aid activities in Bangladesh.”

Poppy Jaman OBE, CEO for MHFA England says:

“We are delighted to be supporting the Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation to help meet its aim of increasing the mental health literacy of the country’s population. As highlighted by the Secretary of State today, there is a real need in Bangladesh for better mental health support and the Mental Health First Aid programme is an important part of the solution.  We have been extremely impressed with the level of commitment and enthusiasm shown by the MHFA National Training Team here in Bangladesh and we are confident that they will go on to deliver excellent MHFA training across the country.”

Monira RahmanThe Founder of Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation and Country Lead for MHFA Bangladesh says

“The development of the IWF is an important milestone in our country’s bid to improve the mental health of our people.  The work we are doing with MHFA England is truly fantastic and I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the visiting team and the organisation as a whole for putting such financial and emotional support into Bangladesh training programme. We have a long way to go but with the support of the Government and organisations such as MHFA England I know we can achieve a better outlook for the mental health of our nation.”