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Mental Health First Aid

MHFA 2015

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

The MHFA Canada evidence based program aims 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.

MHFA shares the same overall purpose as traditional first aid: save lives. 
It aims to:  
  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others. 
  • Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state. 
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health.   
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem. 
Mental Health First Aid Basic is a 12 hour course focused on adults interacting with adults in all environments.
The course discusses the following mental disorders:
  • Substance related disorders 
  • Mood related disorders 
  • Anxiety and trauma related disorders 
  • Psychotic disorders

Crisis first aid skills for the following situations are learned:

  • Substance overdose 
  • Suicidal behaviour 
  • Panic attack 
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Psychotic episode

Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth (aged 12-24) is a 14-hour course that discusses the following mental disorders:

  • Substance use disorders 
  • Mood disorders  
  • Anxiety disorders   
  • Psychotic disorders 
  • Eating disorders   
  • Deliberate self-injury  

Crisis first aid skills for the following situations are learned:   

  • Substance overdose   
  • Suicidal behaviour 
  • Panic attack   
  • Acute stress reaction   
  • Psychotic episode

MHFA  workshop is held on two consecutive days and participants must attend both days. 

The cost for the workshop is $203.40 per participant (HST included).


MHFA Basic                  dates to be determined

MHFA Youth                 dates to be determined 

8:30 am - 5:00pm/ both days  

How to register

Participant space is limited; therefore we ask that you meet the deadline registration date to secure your registration.

To register, complete the registration form and send along with payment to the Canadian Mental Health Association at 329 Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON K6J 3R1. 

A registration confirmation letter will be sent to you 1 week prior to the training date and will include any necessary information pertaining to the training.

Please notify us if you have any special dietary requirements or have any needs concerning mobility, audio or visual accessibility.

Should you require further information please feel free to call Angele D'Alessio MHFA Trainer Manager, Mental Health Promotion at 613-933-5845, ext. 241, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.