Mental Health First Aid Basic Course

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.

The course has been formally evaluated and shows a number of benefits:

  • Better recognition of mental health problems
  • Increased knowledge about appropriate treatments
  • Reduced stigma
  • Increased confidence in providing help to others

Who should attend?

Everyone can benefit from Mental Health First Aid Canada – members of the general public, teachers, health service providers, university students, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resources professionals, employers, community groups.

Mental Health First Aid Basic is a 12-hour course that discusses the following mental disorders:

  • Substance use disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

Crisis first aid skills for the following situations:

  • Substance overdose
  • Suicidal behaviour
  • Panic attack
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Psychotic episode

Mental Health First Aid Course teaches to:

  • Identify when a person may be a danger to themselves or to others and take steps to preserve life
  • Recognize the early signs of mental health problems and provide help toward preventing more serious problems from developing
  • Provide comfort to someone with a mental health problem and support them in their recovery
  • Guide a person toward the appropriate professional help.

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