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Are you interested in being able to help those in need by learning the skills to recognize the signs of a decline in one’s mental well-being? Become a Mental Health First Aider and provide aid for someone who is experiencing a mental health issue or crisis until appropriate treatment is found or the situation is resolved.

MHFA Blended Virtual Option

The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that one in five Canadians experience 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 held over Zoom. Upon completion participants will received a certificate of completion on behalf of MHFA and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

RCSP offers MHFA standard, MHFA supporting youth, and MHFA supporting older adults virtually.

Dates: Available by request

Cost: $175

MHFA Basic In-Person

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.

Dates: Available by request

Cost: $225

MHFA Youth In-Person

MHFA Adults Who Interact with Youth is intended for an adult audience whose primary focus is youth (aged 14-25). In addition to the four most common disorders discussed in MHFA BASIC, this course includes instruction about eating disorders and deliberate self-injury. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with the young people in their lives, including at schools, extra-curricular activities, social services, family, friends, and communities.

This workshop is intended for individuals ages 16 and up.

Dates: Available by request

Cost: $225

MHFA Seniors In-Person

MHFA Seniors is an adaptation of the MHFA Basic course that is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, families (informal caregivers), friends, staff in care settings and communities to promote mental health in seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible in seniors and intervene early when problems first emerge.  The course content and resource materials are based on best available evidence and practice guidelines and were developed in consultation with Canadian experts in the field of geriatric psychiatry.

Dates: Available by request

Cost: $225

For more information or to register email admin@sp-rc.ca or call 780-539-6680