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2-day Mental Health First Aid Workshop

2-day Mental Health First Aid Workshop

When: January 8, 2018
Time: 08:00 AM

A two-day workshop held every month in Waterloo, Ontario.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.

Provide your organization with a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification, and for HR Professionals, with CPD credits. MHFA will:

  • Teach you to better recognize mental health problems and empower you to reduce stigma in your workplace
  • Equip you with mental health crisis first aid procedures, resources, and appropriate treatments
  • Possibly help you or your staff save someone’s life
  • Improve your bottom line
  • Mental Health First Aid DOES NOT teach people to be therapists.

Mental Health First Aid Basic is a 12-hour course that discusses the following mental disorders:

  • Substance use disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

Crisis first aid skills for the following situations are learned:

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

As an added bonus, attendees of our Mental Health First Aid Workshop will each receive a free PASS kit. The PASS (Panic, Anxiety, & Stress Support) kit from http://mypasskit.com/ includes evidence-based items that have been carefully researched and selected to manage daily stressors and stimulate the mental health discussion. The kit includes 2 pairs of earplugs to block out noise, a sleeping mask to shield light, chewing gum for both focus and refreshment, a squeezable stress star, and flashcards with concise and curated psychological advice in times of need.


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2-day Mental Health First Aid Workshop
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