Mental Health First Aid

Early Childhood Development Support Services (ECDSS) has trainers 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