Durham: Mental Health First Aid Certificate Program

Date and Time

Starts:09/29/2021 6:00 PM

Ends:10/20/2021 9:00 PM

Event Type: Workshop

12 Hour(s)

Durham Corporate Centre 105 Consumers Drive Whitby, Ontario


MEMBERS $200.00 I NON MEMBERS $250.00


Additional Information

Event Sponsor

Durham: 09.29.21 Mental Health First Aid Certificate

HRPA Durham Chapter are pleased to offer this unique training opportunity. Ontario Shores, MHFA will provide Mental Health First Aid training for HRPA Durham Chapter members. Research has shown that investing in a mentally healthy workforce is good for employees and employers alike. When employees receive effective treatment for mental illnesses, the result is:

  • lower total medical costs
  • increased productivity
  • lower absenteeism and presenteeism
  • decreased disability claims costs

What is Mental Health First Aid?

The MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) course is the only evaluated mental health training program that has been adopted by 23 countries around the world. Why? Because it works! It is similar to standard first aid/CPR except you are trained to recognize a mental health emergency and respond appropriately. In standard first aid most people won’t have to use the valuable skills they learn, however, with MHFA people you will use these skills every day.

This training is a certified evaluative training program from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is part of The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Course Content

The course begins by giving participants a basic overview of mental health facts and figures, and overcoming the stigma. It then proceeds to teach people how to recognize the signs and symptoms of four main categories of mental illnesses;

Session 1, September 29, 2021

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Common mental health problems
  • Five basic actions of mental health first aid
  • What is a substance-related disorder?
  • Symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • MHFA for substance-related problem
  • Crisis first aid for overdose
  • Treatment and resources

Session 2, October 6, 2021

  • What is a mood disorder?
  • Types of mood disorders
  • Symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • Substance use and mood disorders
  • Suicide in Canada
  • MHFA for mood problems
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
  • Treatment and resources

Session 3, October 13, 2021

  •  What is an anxiety disorder?
  • Symptoms
  • Types of anxiety disorders
  • Risk factors
  • Substance use and anxiety disorders
  • MHFA for anxiety problems
  • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
  • Crisis first aid for acute stress reaction
  • Treatment and resources

Session 4, October 20, 2021 

  • What is a psychotic disorder?
  • Types of psychotic disorders
  • Symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • Substance use and psychotic disorders
  • MHFA for psychosis problems
  • Crisis first aid for a psychotic episode
  • Treatment and resources

Light refreshments will be served @ break