Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person 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 is resolved.
What is Mental Health First Aid 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.
Who takes MHFA?
Everyone. Anyone can benefit from MHFA, and more than 300,000 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.
MHFA is well suited to all workplaces seeking to reduce incidences of mental health problems and issues.
Does MHFA work?
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:
— Significantly greater recognition of the most common mental health problems
— Decreased social distance from people with mental health problems
— Increased confidence in providing help to others
— Improved mental health of the MHFA participant her/himself
Register for a MHFA workshop
VIMHS executive director Taryn O’Flanagan has been trained in two specific MHFA areas: Mental Health First Aid Basic; and Mental Health First Aid Adults Who Interact With Youth.
For more information about MHFA and/or to register for an upcoming course, please email Taryn O’Flanagan by email –executive.director [at] vimhs.org – or phone at 250-758-8711.
“No matter where you grew up, what level of education you earned, or what profession you are in, marriage status, or culture you belong to, Mental Health First Aid is going to improve society in so many ways. It will break down barriers.”
— Mental Health Commission of Canada