Mental Health First Aid Canada is an evidence based program of The Mental Health Commission of Canada. Taking Mental Health First Aid provides skills to use with others as well as oneself. It was designed and reviewed by experts, and is intended ideally as an early intervention strategy. Who should take this course? This course is for everyone and is not targeted to a specific place of business, industry, walk of life, or experience. Many workplaces are looking at Mental Health First Aid as they do physical first aid and are having their First Aiders, Joint Health and Safety Committee members, Supervisors and Managers, and any concerned employee as possible attendants. Mental Health First Aid is a valuable tool for workplaces that are also at a high risk of workplace violence and harassment.

Mental Health First Aid Outline (2 Days):

Mental Health and Stigma

  • What is Mental Health First Aid?
  • Common mental health problems
  • Five basic actions of mental health first aid
  • Stigma and discrimination

 Substance-related Disorder

  • What is a substance-related disorder?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • Mental Health First Aid for substance-related problems
  • Crisis first aid for overdose
  • Treatment and resources

Mood-related Disorders

  • Types of mood-related disorders
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • Substance use and mood disorders
  • Suicide in Canada
  • Mental Health First Aid for mood-related problems
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behavior
  • Treatment and resources

Anxiety and Trauma-related Disorders

  • What are anxiety and trauma related disorders?
  • Types of anxiety and trauma related disorders
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • Substance use and anxiety disorders
  • Mental Health First Aid for anxiety and trauma related problems
  • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
  • Crisis first aid for acute stress reactions
  • Treatment and resources

Psychotic Disorders

    • What is a psychotic disorder?
    • Types of psychotic disorders
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Risk factors
    • Substance use and psychotic disorders
    • Mental Health First Aid for psychotic disorders
    • Crisis first aid for psychotic episodes

Mental Health issues and concerns are not restricted to any work environment or industry. The general public, those in the Health Care, Community service, Police and Emergency Services, and places of higher education where personal interaction and stressful” situations occur would also find this training invaluable.

 


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