Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. M.H.F.A is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.

Who Should Attend?

Front line staff, teachers, health service providers RN, PSW, emergency workers,human resources professionals, employers,communitygroups,volunteers,etc. Attendance is required at both sessions in order to receive certification. This 2-day, 12-hour certificate workshop developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada covers the following topics:

  • Substance related disorders
  • Mood related disorders
  • Anxiety and trauma related disorders
  • Psychotic episodes/disorders
  • Substance overdose
  • Panic attack
  • Acute stress reaction


Day One:

  • What is Mental Health First Aid?
  • Common mental health problems
  • Five basic actions of mental health first aid
  • Stigma and discrimination?
  • What is a substance-related disorder?
  • MHFA for substance-related problems
  • Crisis first aid for overdose
  • Types of mood disorders
  • Substance use and mood disorders
  • Suicide in Canada MHFA for mood problems

Day Two:

  • What are anxiety and trauma related disorders
  • Substance use and anxiety disorders
  • MHFA for anxiety and trauma related problems
  • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
  • Crisis first aid for acute stress reactions
  • What is a psychotic disorder?
  • Types of psychotic disorders
  • Substance use and psychotic disorders
  • MHFA for anxiety problems

For more information contact

LauraLee Barkley

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 613-345-0660, ext. 3176

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