• Many people know to call 911 or administer CPR for a physical health emergency but hesitate to start conversations about mental health and substance use. MHFA provides the tools a layperson needs to take action.
• Studies show that MHFA training reduces stigma, improves knowledge and increases first aid actions toward people experiencing mental health and substance use challenges.
• MHFA is proven to be effective in teaching adults how to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges. Peer-reviewed studies from around the world show that individuals trained in MHFA:
» Expand their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental health and substance use challenges.
» Can identify appropriate types of professionals and self-help resources for individuals with a mental health or substance use challenge.
» Have increased confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.
» Show increased mental wellbeing themselves.
Mental Health First Aid teaches you an evidence-based action plan:
A – Assess for risk of suicide or harm.
L – Listen non-judgementally.
G – Give reassurance and information.
E – Encourage appropriate professional help.
E – Encourage self-help and other support strategies.
In – Person
Take a 7.5 hour course in the same physical space as your peers and instructor(s).
Do 2 hours of pre-work on your own, then join your instructor(s) and peers in an online platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
Blended In – Person
Do 2 hours of pre-work on your own, then join your instructor(s) and peers in the same physical space to finish your training.