The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that one in every five Canadians experiences a mental health problem within a given year. While we often know a lot about physical illness, there tends to be less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems. This lack of understanding leads to fear and negative attitudes towards individuals living with these problems. It prevents people from seeking help for themselves and from providing appropriate support to people around them. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis. This virtual course consists of 1 self directed online module and 2 facilitator led sessions.
MHFA - Supporting Older Adults Virtual is the help provided to a person who may be experiencing a crisis or a decline in their mental well-being. The course is designed for people who have frequent contact with older adults, for example, family members, friends, public and private caregivers, community health workers, and volunteers.
- Recognize signs that an older adult may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a crisis
- Initiating conversations that encourage an older adult to talk about a mental health problem
- Discussing professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being
- Assisting in a mental health or substance use crisis situation
- Checking in with one’s own mental well-being and take action as needed