Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Canada trains Canadians to comfortably and proactively respond to those who may require mental health assistance.
Physical safety in the workplace has become a primary concern across all industries and occupations. If an incident does occur, many organizations have first aid attendants who can help until the paramedics arrive. And now they can train someone as a mental health first aider for mental health problems.
Employers and members of the community are taking note of the impact mental health problems have on society and are doing something about it. Human resource officers, teachers, front-line mental health professionals, the general public and people from many other disciplines are training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Canada,
a program spearheaded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
MHFA Canada is an evidence-based training program that is designed, just like traditional first aid, to enable people to recognize symptoms and provide support until professional help can step in. It is an educational course for the public. No experience in mental health is necessary.
The goal of the course is threefold.
1. Educate participants and help them identify signs of mental health problems in co-workers, friends, family, strangers and even themselves.
2. Teach participants how to support the individual and to help seek appropriate treatment for them.
3. Reduce the stigma of mental illness. More than half of people with mental health problems will be too ashamed to seek treatment.