Dr Laura Hart - recipient of Suicide Prevention Australia's 2024 National LiFE Award for Outstanding Contribution

Dr Laura Hart  recipient of Suicide Prevention Australia’s 2024 National LiFE Award for Outstanding Contribution

Congratulations to Dr Laura Hart, NHMRC Fellow in the Centre for Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, who received Suicide Prevention Australia’s 2024 National LiFE Award for Outstanding Contribution. Suicide Prevention Australia recognised Laura and Mental Health First Aid International’s Dr Claire Kelly for their roles in developing the Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) program.

Since the launch of the program in 2014 by Mental Health First Aid Australia, 4,735 tMHFA programs have been delivered across 578 Australian schools to almost 100,000 students. tMHFA has also been licensed in other countries, including the USA, Canada, India, UK, Germany. In the USA, Lady Gaga's Born this Way Foundation funded its adaptation and roll out, leading to >150,000 teens trained.

The tMHFA program has been extensively evaluated in both uncontrolled trials and randomised controlled trials, in Australia and the USA. This research has shown that tMHFA training increases recognition of suicide and appropriate first aid intentions towards an adolescent peer at risk of suicide.