Mental Health First Aid Canada Basics

Mental Health First Aid is a national and certified training course designed to provide individuals with the tools to support someone who is developing a mental health problem or who is experiencing a mental health crisis.

If you sprain your ankle, chances are you’ll know what to do. If you have a panic attack, chances are you won’t. In any given year, one in five people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend, or colleague.

This Mental Health First Aid Canada (MHFA) Basic course is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older).

This course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance-related, mood-related, anxiety and trauma-related, and psychotic disorders.

Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces.

Learning Objectives

To recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including substance use disorders, mood-related disorders, anxiety/trauma, and psychotic disorders. During this training we will discuss and make you aware of the following:

  • A 5-step action plan to use to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help
  • Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in Canada
  • Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery
  • Assess your own views and feelings about mental health problems and disorders

Course Outcomes

International evaluations and feedback have found the following outcomes for participants undertaking a Mental Health First Aid Canada Basic course:

  • Increased awareness of signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems
  • Decreased stigma related to mental health
  • Increased confidence in interacting with individuals experiencing a mental health problem or crisis
  • Increased help actually provided to individuals in crisis or experiencing a mental health problem

This Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) 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.

This private course for your company’s management and employees is facilitated by an Instructor who has been trained and certified through Mental Health First Aid Canada.

Prerequisite Training required: None required but a minimum of 8 participants is required for training with a maximum of 25.

*Participants must be in attendance for both full days in order to receive their certificate.

Training Time: This is a two-day (12.0 hours) course. This 12-hour course is facilitated in two mandatory 6-hour days.

Who Should Attend: Mental Health First Aid is a national and certified training course designed to provide individuals with the tools to support someone who is developing a mental health problem or who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Any and all interested staff in a Disaster Restoration company may attend.

Note: Retail per attendee $1,299 which also includes course material, handouts, instructor travel and per diems. *Minimum 8 participants required per course.

Disclaimer: Mental health awareness training provided by Your Restoration Coach Ltd. and our Instructor, Martina Kelades of Life Out Loud – Mental Health Consulting, is not intended to provide medical treatment or diagnose the mental health issues of employees. Training provided is intended to implement evidence-based information and provide practical strategies and resources to elevate awareness and promote psychological health and safety within your organization.

About your Instructor:

Martina Kelades

Martina Kelades has been an active trainer for Mental Health First Aid Canada since 2016, certifying over 200 individuals. She believes strongly that Workplace Mental Health is more than an activity — it’s everyone’s business.

Martina brings the course material to life by drawing on over a decade of professional experiences supporting clients, as well as drawing on personal experiences and the narratives of others’ to enhance learning during the training.

She has provided Mental Health First Aid training for companies and organizations such as The Nova Scotia Public Service Commission, NS Worker’s Compensation Board, Laing House, Freeman’s Lumber, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Futureworx Society, St. John Ambulance and many more.

Contact us today for more details!