Mental Health First Aid

What is mental health first aid?

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 concept is based on the model of medical first aid. Some mental health problems are more common than many physical health problems. While people often know a lot about physical illness, most people have little knowledge about mental illness. This lack of understanding promotes fear and stigma. It prevents people from seeking help early and seeking the best kind of help. It also keeps people from providing appropriate support to friends, colleagues, family members and people around them simply because they do not know how. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based course developed in Australia by Betty Kitchener and Professor Tony Jorm.

 Participants will learn how to help people who are showing signs of mental health problems or who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The course does not train you to be a therapist, counsellor or mental health professional.


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Course format:

Mental Health First Aid Canada is a 12-hour training course delivered in four modules of three hours each. This is an interactive course that is provided in a supportive group learning environment. Practical skills are taught using a model that is easy to remember and apply in real-life settings.

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This is a two-day program


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