Mental Health First Aid Training
Get the skills and knowledge to manage potential or developing mental health problems
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.
About Mental Health First Aid Training
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.
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.
This program is designed for 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.
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.
Our Instructor: Carla Abichahine, Master Trainer
Carla is a certified instructor of the Mental Health First Aid course, a program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She is also 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), the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), Safe + Sound Frist Aid training Ltd 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 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.
Five good reasons to provide Mental Health First Aid training to your employees
- Improve employee morale and retention
- Reduce absenteeism
- Reduce medical and disability costs
- Reduce stigma around mental health issues
- 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.
Course Registration Information
We can teach a private class at your workplace or you can register your employees on one of our public classes in Coquitlam.
Private Mental Health First Aid Training
If your staff members need first aid training, we can teach a course onsite in the convenience of your workplace.
Areas served: Metro Vancouver including Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Abbotsford and Langley.
If you don’t have a suitable room, you can book a private course at our Coquitlam location.
Private group training is easy to organize. Just book a date with us and provide a group of people. We’ll take care of everything else!
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