One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the better the outcome. Mental Health First Aid Canada gives people the skills to provide that early help that is so important in recovery.
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.
The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to:
MHFA aims to:
Many organizations assume that if sickness rates are low, employees are generally healthy. This measurement can create a false positive because presenteeism may be high within the organization despite low absenteeism rates. Many absenteeism reduction measurements do not measure the increase in presenteeism that can accompany reduced absenteeism. Without measuring presenteeism, productivity can stay constant despite a reduction in absenteeism. Presenteeism affects a company risks:
Providing Mental Health First Aid to all levels of management, union stewards, Human Resource staff and health & safety committee members is a great start! By giving these key stakeholders the evidence based tools to appropriately recognize signs and symptoms of a mental health problems, you can ensure that early diagnosis and treatment is acquired, directly effecting the outcome of the individual. The sooner a person is well:
Further, in training Mental Health First Aid as part of a safe and healthy workplace, you are fulfilling a major component of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. While this standard is currently voluntary, legislation is expected. Additionally an organization can ensure operations are pursuant to the Employment Standards Act with regards to discrimination, and providing due diligence support Ontario Health and Safety Legislation.