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Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact with Youth Training

Posted on September 28, 2018

What is Mental Health First Aid Canada?

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:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  • Provide initial help.
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

MHFA aims to:

  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others.
  • Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state.
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health.
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem.

Who should take an MHFA Canada course?

Anyone can benefit from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). It is open to members of the general public. Families affected by mental health problems, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resources professionals, employers and community groups are just a few of the groups who have benefited from MHFA.

Click here to download the printable flyer and registration form


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Our Funders

Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network  United Way of Halton and Hamilton  Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services  The City of Hamilton
Our Partners

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board  Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Catholic family Services of Hamilton  St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton  Street Youth Planning Collaborative

Main Office
38 James Street South, 2nd Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4W6
Phone: 905-527-4469
Fax: 905-527-8291

Hours
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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le Centre de santé Communautaire Hamilton/Niagara au (905) 528-0163 ou
le Ligne d’aide sur la drogue at l’alcool
au 1-800-565-8603.

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