Mental Health First Aid

ECDSS trainers are certified by The Mental Health Commission of Canada to provide the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Basic Course. This two-day training is a comprehensive introduction to common mental health disorders that impact many of the families supported by community programs. While practitioners are often well versed in physical first aid, there is often a lack of understanding related to mental health first aid. This training prepares individuals to:

  • Recognize the signs of a developing mental health problem or mental health crisis
  • Understand and reduce stigma surrounding mental health problems
  • Feel confident in providing assistance and connecting individuals to appropriate supports

The course discusses the following mental disorders:

  • Substance related disorders
  • Mood related disorders
  • Anxiety and trauma related disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

Crisis first aid skills for the following situations are learned:

  • Substance overdoses
  • Suicidal behaviour
  • Panic attack
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Psychotic episode