First Aid is the help given to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone 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 resolves.
MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy and provides skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems, in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. This course teaches participants how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course aims to teach people to:
- identify when a person may be a danger to themselves or others and and take steps to preserve life
- recognize the early signs of mental health problems and provide help to prevent more serious problems from developing
- provide comfort to someone with a mental health problem and support them in the recovery of mental health
Once the workshop is completed you will be able to:
- Assess the risk of suicide and/or harm
- Listen nonjudgementally
- Give reasurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage other supports
For more information or to register for the next course, please call Central Access and Information at 705-759-5989.
If you are interested in booking a training at your workplace, please call the Mental Health Educator at 705-759-0458 ext. 231.