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.”
2,255 People Certified
“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
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
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.