MHFs can be any community members (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, social workers, teachers, volunteers) with or without formal mental health training.

MHF program developers do not intend to introduce MHFs as members of a new profession. Providers retain their own professional identity (e.g., physician, teacher) and add mental health facilitation skills to their practice.

The role MHFs have in the overall spectrum of services is defined on a context-by-context basis.

MHFs can help in:

  • Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
  • Schools and universities.
  • Hospitals and clinics.
  • Long-term care facilities.
  • Community centers.
  • Disaster response organizations.