Mental Health First Aid Virtual is coming!
In November, 2020, MHFA Basic will be available virtually to Canadians across the country. Delivered in two three-hour modules led by a certified facilitator in addition to a self-lead two-hour module, this course will continue to provide the knowledge and skills required to provide help to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
With other adaptions of MHFA becoming available virtually in 2021, the current focus is to launch MHFA Basic Virtual in order to help grow our community of over 500,000 Mental Health First Aid’ers across Canada.
This page will be updated as we get closer to offering MHFA Basic Virtual.
Please contact us for details or to schedule a class for your team.
Two hours of self-learning followed by two, three-hour virtual modules, ideally delivered on consecutive days.
Minimum 8 participants, Maximum 15
Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Minimum age 18 years.
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
- Crisis First Aid for Overdose
- Mood-Related Disorders
- Crisis First Aid for Suicidal Behaviour
- Anxiety and Trauma-related Disorders
- Crisis First Aid for Panic Attack
- Crisis First Aid for Acute Stress Reaction
- Psychotic Disorders
- 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.
- Information to follow, November 2020
- Participation certificate.
Frequently asked questions about Mental Health First Aid - Virtual
For general questions about certifications, payments, etc. See our comprehensive FAQ page.
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.
For additional information, please see our About Mental Health First Aid page.
Here are five good reasons:
- 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. We can teach a private class at your workplace or you can register your employees on one of our public classes in Coquitlam.
Mental Health First Aid is intended for all Canadians. Since 2007, MHFA has been offered in every sector and region of the country, encompassing friends and families of individuals with a mental illness or addiction, workplaces, primary care, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, government, construction, youth and community development programs, first responders, and many others.
For Mental Health First Aid Virtual classes, the minimum number of participants per class is eight and the maximum is fifteen.
Coming in November 2020, Mental Health First Aid Basic will be available virtually to Canadians across the country. Delivered in two three-hour modules lead by a certified facilitator in addition to a self-lead two-hour module, this course will continue to provide the knowledge and skills required to provide help to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
Other adaptions of Mental Health First Aid will become available virtually in 2021,
This page will be updated as we get closer to launching Mental Health First AidBasic Virtual. If you would like to learn more about more about virtual trainings, please contact us.
We employ certified Mental Health First Aid Instructors to teach our Mental Health First Aid Virtual classes.
The minimum age is eighteen years.
MHFA Canada is available in both of Canada’s official languages—English and French.
Mental Health First Aid was created in Australia in 2001 by Professor Tony Jorm, a respected mental health literacy professor, and Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education. The program was started at the ORYGEN Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
MHFA Canada’s vision is of every Canadian in need being within reach of effective mental health first aid. We expect that Mental Health First Aid will become as common as CPR and Physical First Aid training.
After you have completed your Mental Health First Aid course, your instructor will submit the course roster to the Mental Health Commission (MHCC). MHCC will email you an invite link that includes a short survey and a request to provide your mailing address. Once MHCC receives this information, a certificate will be mailed to you. This process takes about 4-6 weeks.