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MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

When we don’t know what to do, we do nothing.

Learn how to help someone in need.

Are you a young professional trying to navigate the world of work and optimize your mental health at the same time?

Are you a business leader wanting to integrate your team’s mental well-being into daily ways of working?

Are you in the Canadian music industry and finding it difficult to maintain mental health and well-being?

Did you know...

In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction problem.

By the time Canadians reach 40, 1 in 2 have or have had a mental illness.

83% of people experiencing mental illness report that stigma was the primary barrier to getting help.

Mental health literacy helps reduce harm.

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that promotion, prevention, and early intervention initiatives show positive returns on investment.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 2021; American Psychiatric Association, 2020

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course

Reduce Stigma

Reduce the social distance between yourself and someone experiencing a mental health problem.

Increase Awareness

Increase your awareness of signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems.

Boost Confidence

Boost your confidence in engaging someone experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

MHFA training can help you:

 

  • Increase your knowledge of mental illnesses (depression, anxiety, substance use, and psychotic episodes).
  • Give you greater confidence and hands-on experience to assist someone with a mental illness.
  • Trains you on how to respond to someone who may be experiencing these conditions using set action plans and crisis intervention strategies.
  • Decrease the stigmatized attitudes.
  • Improve the mental health of participants.

MHFA is a certified training program from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and part of The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

MHFA Course Details

Course participants will learn how to recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health
crisis and encourage that person to:

  • Talk about declines in their mental well-being
  • Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improve mental well-being
  • Reach out to these supports
  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis
  • Use MHFA actions (A.L.G.E.E.S.) to maintain one’s own mental well-being.

Module 1 (2 hrs)

Self-Directed

  • Introduction to the course
  • Introduction to MHFA actions (A.L.G.E.E.S.)

Module 2 (3.5 hrs)

Virtual or In-Person

  • Practice applying A.L.G.E.E.S. to situations of declining mental well-being.
  • Guidelines for MHFA conversations with people from diverse cultures and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community

Module 3 (3.5 hrs)

Virtual or In-Person

  • Discussion on using A.L.G.E.E.S. for self-care
  • Practice using MHFA actions in crises. Mental Health Crisis vs. Mental Health Emergency.

A.L.G.E.E.S. = Assess (for risk of suicide or harm) Listen (non-judgmentally)

Give (information and encouragement) Encourage (for professional help) Encourage (for self-help or other support)

Self-Care

Interested in Mental Health First Aid?