Mental Health First Aid Training

Get the skills and knowledge to manage potential or developing mental health problems

We specialize in Private Group Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Standard provides 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. We would be happy to conduct a private group training session for your team. You can choose between virtual or in-person training.

One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life.

Sad man with head in hands. Coworkers standing by offering support.

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.

Every 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 program 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 the 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, www.bootstrapslifeskills.com

As parents of a daughter with mental illness, we learned some valuable skills

“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.”

Mayor Richard Stewart, City of Coquitlam

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.

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 www.prioritycare.ca

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 the 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.

Mental Health First Aid Training for Private Groups

We can teach a virtual class or conduct an in-person session at your workplace.

Group training is easy to organize. Book a date with us, provide a group of people and we'll take care of everything else. Click here to get started: Private Group Training

Areas we serve

In person training - Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Abbotsford and Langley.

Virtual training - anywhere in Canada!