Dalhousie University - Inspiring Minds


Mental Health First Aid

July 12 & 13, 2018 (2-day program)
8:30am - 4:30pm
Room 224, Student Union Building
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://events-tm.dal.ca/workshop.php?id=2551
This workshop is offered as part of the Dalhousie Employee Wellness program.

What is mental health first aid?

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.

 Topic Areas:

• What is meant by mental health and mental illness/mental health problems

• Signs and symptoms of common mental health problems and crisis situations

• A basic model to provide mental health first aid

• Information about effective interventions and treatments

• How to access professional help problems covered:

• Substance-related disorders

• Mood disorders

• Anxiety disorders

• Psychotic disorders health crisis situations covered:

• Overdoses

• Suicidal behaviour

• Panic attacks

• Reactions to traumatic events

• Psychotic episodes

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

What is the purpose of the course?

Health First Aid Canada teaches participants how to help someone
showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health
crisis. The course aims to teach people to:

• Identify when a person may be a danger to themselves or others and take steps to preserve life.

• Recognize the early signs of mental health problems and provide help to prevent more serious problems from developing.

• Provide comfort to someone with a mental health problem and support them in the recovery of their mental health.

• Guide a person toward the appropriate professional help.

 Course format:

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

Our Presenter:

Sarah Ready is a
Student Success Advisor within the Bissett Student Success Centre at
Dalhousie University. The focus of her role is on academic, career, and
engagement planning with students however mental health often factors in
to how these plans unfold. Previously, she has worked in Residence Life
for 7 years where she was often the first point of contact in
supporting students who experienced mental health concerns and crises.
As a certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor, Sarah has
delivered MHFA for adults who interact with youth to over 150






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