First aid training course developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada
Mental health first aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved. The MHFA basic course includes: explanations of mental health, mental illness and mental health problems; signs and symptoms of common mental health problems and crisis situations; information about effective interventions and treatments; and ways to access professional help.
The course discusses substance-related disorders, mood-related disorders, anxiety and trauma-related disorders and psychotic disorders. Crisis first aid skills for the following situations are learned:
- Substance overdose
- Suicidal behaviour
- Panic attack
- Acute stress reaction
- Psychotic episode
Lunch and beverages for each day are included in the course price.