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Mental Health First Aid - Virtual Certificate Course

Posted over a month ago
Toronto, ON M3C(View Map)
  • Event Type
    Other Events
  • Event Start
    June 23, 2021
    4:30 pm
  • Event End
    June 24, 2021
    8:00 pm


An evidence-based program that helps build confidence to support someone who may be experiencing a decline in or crisis with mental health.

About this event THE LEGION SERVES OUR COMMUNITY This course is sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 287. Legion Branch 287 is pleased to offer Mental Health First Aid! Legions are a cornerstone of our communities. With 1,350 Branches from coast to coast to coast, members provide local services and supports to build a stronger Canada. Whether helping local Veterans, supporting seniors, providing youth sports programs, raising funds, volunteering to help those in need, or simply offering a place to gather for fun and celebration, Legionnaires provide essential services for our community.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID - CONTEXT The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that one in every five Canadians experiences a mental health problem within a given year. While we often know a lot about physical illness, there tends to be less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems. This lack of understanding leads to fear and negative attitudes towards individuals who experience these types of challenges. It prevents people from seeking help for themselves and from providing appropriate support to people around them.

ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA) MHFA is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis. Course participants will learn how to: • Recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis • Have conversations that encourage a person to:talk about declines in their mental well-being, discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being, and reach out to these support • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis • Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being

In the MHFA course, you will gain a solid understanding of the 6 basic actions of ALGEES: Assess the risk of suicide and/or harm Listen non-judgmentally Give reassurance Encourage professional support Encourage other supports Self-care for the first-aider

ALGEES is the framework for having a confident conversation about mental health with family, friends, colleagues, and strangers.

MHFA COURSE OUTLINE Topics Module 1: Self-Directed Independent Learning (approx 2 hours) • Introduction to the course • Introduction to MHFA actions Module 2: Virtual Classroom (live facilitation 3.5 hours) • Practice applying MHFA actions to situations of declining mental well-being • Guidelines for MHFA conversations with people from diverse cultures and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community Module 3 Virtual Classroom (live facilitation 3.5 hours) • Discussion on using MHFA actions for self-care • Practice using MHFA actions in crisis situations

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION This 8-hour course opens with a self-directed module (Module 1) that focuses on the information and strategies that participants will discuss and practice throughout the virtual classroom modules (Modules 2 and 3). Course participants are required to complete Module 1 before participating in Module 2 and 3. Upon registration and payment, participants will receive access to the Learning Management System (LMS) to complete Module 1. A “MHFA Participant Reference Guide” will be provided and will outline the MHFA actions to support developing mental health and substance use problems, and mental health and substance use crises.

WHO MHFA IS FOR Your community Be confident to provide assistance to your family, friends, and neighbours Your workplace Recognize signs and symptoms among colleagues and clients Yourself Bring MHFA to your community, your workplace, and the general public REGISTRATION

CONTACT INFORMATION Facilitators: Nichole Roy Christine Bender E-mail:

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