Working together to change the system! The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Youth Council has created a youth version of Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada.
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 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.
Everyone. Anyone can benefit from MHFA, and more than 200,000 Canadians have been trained already. From psychological health and safety in the workplace to schools and community groups to people in Northern Canada, MHFA has had a positive and long lasting impact on Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
Examples of groups that have taken MHFA:
MHFA is well suited to all workplaces seeking to reduce incidences of mental health problems and issues.
In addition, MHFA is a tool which organizations are using to meet the voluntary requirements of the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
MHFA is an international program active in over 20 countries. Research has shown that this evidence-based course offers significant positive impacts for participants and their workplaces, communities, and families, namely:
Basic Mental Health First Aid
MHFA Basic was developed to help people provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact with Youth
MHFA for Adults Who Interact with Youth focuses on mental health problems and first aid for youth ages 12 to 24.
Mental Health First Aid for Northern Peoples
MHFA for Northern Peoples was jointly developed by Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon and focuses on people living in Northern and remote areas of Canada.
Crisis intervention training provided for:
Ongoing Course Development
MHFA continues to create versions of the course that address unique circumstances within the Canadian population. Working with partners, subject matter experts, and evaluation teams, the following MHFA courses are currently in development for:
To find a course, book a training, and to read the evidence reviews, please visit www.mhfa.ca
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) created a number of resources to improve mental health literacy and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves or others through the Mental Health First Aid training program. Click on the links below for more information.