Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certificate Program -Full

Date and Time

Starts:11/25/2021 9:00 AM

Ends:11/26/2021 12:00 PM

Registration Closes:11/25/2021 8:00 AM

Event Type: Certificate Program

8 CPD Hour(s)

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis.

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 living with these problems. It prevents people from seeking help for themselves and from providing appropriate support to people around them.

Human resources professionals are often the first line of defense in addressing issues related to employees’ well-being and mental health. Yet they are often unprepared to identify or help someone with a mental health condition — even though mental health problems become more common than heart, lung and cancer diseases combined.

This program will help HR professionals to understand how to approach the sensitive mental health discussions with their employees.

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 and encourage that 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
  • Reach out to these supports
  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis
  • Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being

Upon completion of all 3 modules, participants will receive an internationally recognized certificate of completion from Mental Health First Aid Canada.

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, participants will receive the “MHFA Participant Reference Guide” that outlines MHFA actions for developing mental health and substance use problems, and mental health and substance use crises.

Materials: All MHFA materials provided by instructor and will be sent directly to the participants.

This course is interactive and its success depends on the active participation of all participants in breakout rooms, raise hands and chat functions. Participants need to have their cameras on during the virtual modules and be present for the entire 6 hours.

MHFA is committed to providing a safe space to learn about mental health.

Time Commitment: Participants will need to complete a module 1 self-study (2 hours) followed by 2 virtual modules delivered in two half-day sessions. The in-class virtual modules will be held as follows:

Module 2 – Thursday, November 25, 2021 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Module 3 – Friday, November 26, 2021 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Program Agenda:

Module 1: Self-Directed (2 hours)

  • Introduction to the course
  • Introduction to MHFA actions

Module 2: Virtual Classroom (3 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 (3 hours)

  • Discussion on using MHFA actions for self-care
  • Practice using MHFA actions in crisis situations

Speaker bio(s)
Christina Yurchuk, B.Ed., M.Ed

Christina has a Master degree in Adult Education from OISE UofT. She currently works as a Learning Facilitator in the Coaching and Counselling Office at The Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto. She has over 20 years of experience developing and delivering workshops in a variety of professional, community and academic settings on various topics: assertive skills, professional communication skills, academic skills, stress management and career development.


“Christina was a very inclusive and engaging facilitator and very supportive of our learning.”

“I have walked away feeling more confident in providing a safe space for people.”

“The course was fantastic. I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn so much and in such an interactive way.”