Powering wellness and
productivity in Africa

Gain the relevant skills, experience and network to become a certified
Mental Health First Aider (MHFA).

Why join the Orius Fellowship Program?

Instructor-led sessions delivered by medical and mental health professionals.
Gain practical experience, network with industry leaders in the healthcare space,
and earn your MHFA certification.

Expert-led Sessions

  • Get in the same "room" and learn from medical and mental health professionals working at the forefront in Africa.

Interactive Learning

  • Participate in cohort-based classes, and leverage our "case study" model to gain practical lessons from the experts.

Flexible Delivery

  • All sessions hold online and classes are scheduled to hold on weekends ONLY, giving you flexibility and convenience.


  • Earn your AoHT-UK recognized program certification to display as proof of competence in Mental Health First Aid.

Alumni Community

  • Join our vibrant alumni network to forge career-long relationships and build connections with budding industry leaders.

Free Resources

  • Gain access to expert-led AMA sessions, and download carefully curated guides, toolkits, audio, and video resources.

Program Curriculum

The Orius Fellowship Program is a virtual training designed to empower
Africans to become Mental Health First Aiders and Advocates.

Introduction to Mental Health

-Defining mental health
-Mental health myths and facts
-Common mental disorders

Factors Influencing Mental Health

-Biological factors
-Psychological factors
-Social factors
-Physical factors

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

-The MHFAider’s role and limitations
-MHFA action plan
-Suicide First Aid
-Psychological First Aid (PFA) action plan

Mental Health Advocacy

-Introduction to mental health advocacy
-Community engagement and needs assessment
-Self-care as a mental health advocate

  • A digital resource bank to refer to whenever you need it after completing the program
  • A digital Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification
  • Access to an alumni community of Mental Health First Aiders
  • Access to ongoing support and career growth opportunities (AMA sessions, toolkits, guides etc.)

Our Impact in Africa

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Fellows Graduated
Thank you for the wonderful program. The past 8 weeks have been thought-provoking and has inspired me to do more. I believe that I'm more equipped to make better and more meaningful impact in the mental health space. I can't ever talk about my journey as an advocate without mentioning the Orius team, thank you for investing in me.
Nerat-Dagwi N.
The sessions were so amazing and they will have a positive impact in my community. Especially in helping people with psychological problems. It was impressive learning about common mental health challenges. Honestly, in some cases I am a victim of these mental health problems.
Karen N.
Congratulations to everyone for completing this incredible program but most especially for acquiring the knowledge which will help us to make a difference in our different communities. A big thank you to the Orius team for making this possible. God bless you beyond measure.
Victoria C.

Ready to join the next cohort?


The Orius Fellowship Program is a virtual training designed to empower Africans to become Mental Health First Aiders and Advocates. It combines expert-led training sessions with real-life case studies.

All people of African origin with an interest in mental health are encouraged to register. This program is particularly suited to health workers, paramedics, first responders, counsellors, volunteers, mental health enthusiasts, and the general public, operating within the African context.

The Orius Fellowship Program costs $15 (15,000 naira) ONLY.

No. This is a virtual program. Sessions typically hold by 12PM WAT on Saturdays via the Google Meet app.

You will learn directly from medical and mental health experts in the lecture session, gain access to digital resources and toolkits, and earn a MHFA certification. You will also receive continual post-fellowship support via our interactive alumni network, gain access to AMA sessions, and access career growth opportunities.

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