Mental Health First Aid

“In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada are living with a mental health problem or illness.  60% of people in need of mental health care will not seek treatment themselves.”

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“Colleagues and managers are best placed to be the first to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in their co-workers, provided they are properly trained in MHFA” – Mental Health Commission of Canada 


What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is a training course designed to give members of the public the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem, or in a mental health crisis.  The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, decreases stigmatizing attitudes, and helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.


Canadian statistics show that one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem this year.  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:

•    Substance-Related Disorders 
      o    Crisis First Aid for Overdose
•    Mood-Related Disorders 
      o    Crisis First Aid for Suicidal Behavior
•    Anxiety and Trauma-related Disorders 
      o    Crisis First Aid for Panic Attack
      o    Crisis First Aid for Acute Stress Reaction
•    Psychotic Disorders 
      o    Crisis First Aid for Psychotic Episode


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.

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The PH&S Team

James Brayshaw

Program Facilitator

Angellah Brayshaw

Program Facilitator

Ashley Breland

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Heather Monoghan

Program Facilitator

Rev. Spurgeon Root

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Marlene Mirasty

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Ashley Buzzie

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Doug Kinar

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Brenda Mein

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I've been to all sorts of courses over 13 years at FCC. They've spent a pile of dollars on me. Chelsey ranks in the top one of the facilitators I work with. Great job. Engaging. Authentic. Speaks from the heart. Vulnerable. Keep doing what you do. You'll change minds every course. 

Eduardo Trumbeta

Farm Credit Canada

Jim & Angellah, you are engaging presenters and it is clear that you truly care with a passion about the work you are doing.  This content is relevant for anyone and everyone.  We all have experiences situations to apply this where it could save a life.

Himanshu Singh

Do More Ag Foundation

Rana is a very knowledgeable, well spoken, and captivating instructor. She is very compassionate and truly shows her interest in helping others.

James Wright

Tisdale Fire Department

As we breakdown the stigma surrounding mental health, we also have to open the doors for Mental Health First Aid as an option for those who are struggling to seek help.  This course is a great place to gain tools and knowledge to help others who are struggling.

Lindsay Sereda

Saskatoon Disaster Services

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