Mental Health First Aid – Basic

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What is Mental Health First Aid?

One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the better the outcome. Mental Health First Aid Canada gives people the skills to provide that early help that is so important in recovery.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

Testimonial from Mayor Richard Stewart, City of Coquitlam: 

“My wife and I attended this great program hosted by Safe + Sound First Aid Training. As parents of a daughter with mental illness, we learned some valuable skills and information around managing mental health crises. The skills we came away with will undoubtedly help us both within our family and in our community. Mental Health First Aid is an excellent program and we would recommend this training to anyone who would like to learn more about helping people with mental health issues.”

Why provide Mental Health First Aid training to employees?

Here are five good reasons:

  1. Improve employee morale and retention
  2. Reduce absenteeism
  3. Reduce medical and disability costs
  4. Reduce stigma around mental health issues
  5. Show your employees that you care about them

If you want to save money and have a happier, more productive workforce, get your employees trained in Mental Health First Aid. We can teach a private class at your workplace or you can register your employees on one of our public classes in Coquitlam.

What is Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or  experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA for Adults who Interact with Youth:
• addresses the unique aspects of mental health problems in young people aged 12-24
• assists in the identification of mental health problems – including eating disorders and deliberate self-injury – and appropriate first aid intervention strategies.

Who should take it?
Anyone who interacts with young people: teachers, counselors, social workers, law enforcement, coaches, family members, first responders, health care providers, community leaders, foster parents, babysitters. To learn more, visit Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact with Youth.

The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  • Provide initial help.
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

MHFA aims to

  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others.
  • Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious situation.
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health.
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem.

Take the Mental Health First Aid Course in our Coquitlam venue, conveniently located near the Coquitlam Centre Mall or book a date for a private course at your location. We run courses throughout Metro Vancouver (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Langley or Abbotsford).

In any given year, one in five Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem. The earlier it can be detected and treated, the better the outcome. CAMH’s Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. David Goldbloom, talks about the ways you can help someone going through a mental health emergency.

sharon_villars_oct_2014_1Every workplace team should have at least one person with this training

“I would like to commend Safe + Sound on an exceptional course; Mental Health First Aid. It is a very unique course and I am proud to have your certificate.

When I first heard of the course I did not understand what it would cover; and I am a life coach specializing in working with people with anxiety and depression!  I now know what needs to be done for people before they come to me for recovery. Now that I have participated in this course it is with sincerity that I provide a recommendation of this program to others.

For HR managers, first responders, supervisors, team leaders, first aid attendants, life-coaches, pastors and those working with people that may have life change issues this course is a must do!

First Aid response is not only required for blood and cuts, backs and bones. It is also required for people with emergent issues in the area of well-being; mental health. There is a specific service required between the time of upset and arrival of professional help. Knowing what to do in those circumstances is of great importance to have the best end result.  I now feel satisfied that whether the issue presented is complex or as simple as someone with a few tears – I am skilled to provide First Aid to the individual  in need; until that person has the appropriate help, the support and services required.

Yes, mental health issues are at the core of billions of lost dollars in productivity, a huge part of absenteeism and near half the payout of insurance programs in the workplace.  I strongly encourage each workplace to ensure that at least one person on each team has this training certificate as well as the understanding of how to truly be of support before problems escalate.

Your instructor was superb in leading the training. From my perspective, although a serious two days, each person had some fun, met great new contacts and returned to their workplaces with the First Aid skills required to support a co-worker or customer in an emergent situation.”

Sharon Villars, Founder, Bootstraps Lifeskills,

This course lays a solid foundation for those who may encounter someone in crisis

“I recently participated in the Mental Health First Aid course held by Safe + Sound First Aid Training. As a paramedic and educator for the last two decades, I entered the course with a sense of curiosity and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. The classroom was clean and inviting, and the instructor greeted the students warmly at the beginning of class. The content was taught with passion, the pacing was appropriate, and the instructor actively encouraged questions and discussion. Through my work I am often in situations that involve mental health crisis, and I think this course lays a solid foundation for those who may encounter someone in crisis outside of the health care system. Well done!”

Ian Macdonald, Owner/Director
Priority Care First Aid Training


About our instructor

Carla is a Master Trainer for the MHFA course on behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and delivers courses across Canada. Carla’s passion is to empower people by providing them with the understanding, knowledge and effective strategies needed to support an individual experiencing or developing a mental health crisis.

Carla is an experienced trainer who can deliver sensitive information in a professional manner. Her energy, enthusiasm and humour help her create a positive learning experience for participants. Carla works closely with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and has twelve years plus experience in developing and delivering workshops for corporate and non-profit agencies. Her personal experience has empowered her to embark on a mission to give dignity and respect to individuals living with mental illness.

Carla is involved in her community.  She has contributed to the Junior Achievement and United Way fundraising.  She was an active volunteer with the Red Cross in the respectED program as prevention educator delivering workshops to high school students and she currently volunteers at Women’s Hospital. Carla’s aim is to increase literacy and reduce stigma associated with mental health.

Course Details

Cost$200.00 + tax
Duration2 days – 12 Hours (excluding breaks).
Materials providedMental Health First Aid manual and participation certificate.
Pre-requisitesMinimum age 18 years.

We also provide private courses and onsite training. Please review our cancellation policy.

Schedule and Registration

Start Date End Date Venue Start Time End Time Selection
January 30, 2018 January 31, 2018 Coquitlam 9:00 am 4:30 pm Register
March 13, 2018 March 14, 2018 Coquitlam 9:00 am 4:30 pm Register