We believe anyone can be a mental health first aider when enabled with safe and effective tools.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved. Please note: MHFA does not teach participants to become therapists or counsellors. Rather, it provides the skills, knowledge and attitudes that allow someone to offer effective first aid intervention.
Mental Health First Aid:
Participants are taught how to provide effective crisis intervention in a variety of situations:
An important component of Mental Health First Aid training is the opportunity to practice the intervention strategy rather than to just learn about it. This simple experience can make it easier to apply the knowledge in a real-life situation.
In addition to crisis interventions, participants learn how to have confident and effective conversations about mental health, regardless of whether someone is in crisis or not. This includes recognizing the signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health problem or noticing a change in someone’s behaviour and starting a conversation with that person.
MHFA is an interactive workshop that teaches participants to recognize the signs that a person may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and how to provide initial help and guide the person to appropriate professional resources.
The course addresses four of the most common and most stigmatized mental health disorders and includes signs/symptoms, risk factors and crisis first aid for specific situations including: Substance-Related Disorders, Mood-Related Disorders, Anxiety and Trauma-related Disorders and Psychotic Disorders.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming course dates.