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Mental Health First Aid
MHFA Standard Course (Online)
The course focuses on mental health supports for adults. It teaches participants how to be aware of warning signs and symptoms, how to communicate, offer support and guidance to individuals suffering from mood, anxiety, psychotic, eating, substance disorders and direct them towards appropriate professional support.
MHFA is the help provided to a person developing a mental health issue 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
The course consists of 2 hours of independent review of the textbook with quiz, plus a full day (2 x 3-hour modules) virtual session hosted on Zoom. Independent review must be completed before the virtual class.
Facilitator: Retired Staff Sgt Rodney Sine, 32-year veteran of York Regional Police. A 35-year instructor for Seneca College Police Foundations and 911 Programs he is also a 10-year veteran instructor at Durham College Justice Program. Rodney is a Certified Instructor for the in-person MHFA Basic Mental Health Course.
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COURSE DATE OPTIONS: (Virtual Zoom)
OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Once registration and payment are complete, you will be provided the link to the training platform and a textbook code.
St. John Ambulance, York Region
13321 Yonge Street, Suite 201,
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 0K5
Client Service Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
FAX : 905-773-1046
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Method of Instruction
Module 1: Self-Directed
Introduction to the course
Introduction to MHFA actions
Module 2: Virtual Classroom
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
Discussion on using MHFA actions for self-care
Practice using MHFA actions in crisis situations
St. John Ambulance York Region Branch is proud to partner with instructors and certification through the Mental Health Commission of Canada to expand the delivery of training in Mental Health First Aid.
This online training course ($225.00 Fee) covers the same material and provides the same certificate as the traditional two-day Canadian Mental Health Commission MHFA Standard course.
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.