Mental Health First Aid: Basic

MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This courses focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces.

In the MHFA course, you will gain a solid understanding of the 5 basic actions of ALGEE:

Assess the risk of suicide and/or harm
Listen non-judgmentally
Give reassurance
Encourage professional support
Encourage other supports

ALGEE is the framework for having a confident conversation about mental health with family, friends, colleagues, and strangers.

KEY OUTCOMES:

International evaluations and feedback have found the following outcomes for participants undertaking an MHFA course:

  • Increased awareness of signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems

  • Decreased stigma related to mental health

  • Increased confidence interacting with individuals experiencing a mental health problem or crisis

  • Increased help actually provided to individuals in crisis or experiencing a mental health problem

For additional information, please visit: 

http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca/en/course-info/courses/mhfa-basic

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