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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.


REGISTRATION: Call 905-773-3394 to register

COST: $225.00


DATES: March 5 / April 9 / May 7 / June 4

TIMES:   8:30am – 11:30am Plus 1:00pm – 4:00pm


Once registration and payment are complete, you will be provided the link to the training platform and a textbook code.

To learn more about MHFA and the

Mental Health Commission of Canada visit their website at:

York Region Branch

Have Questions?  Contact Us:

St. John Ambulance, York Region

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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.

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3 Hours


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.


For further information about St. John Ambulance in Canada, please visit or contact:


York Region Branch
201-13321 Yonge Street,
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 0K5  
Tel.: (905) 773-3394
Fax: (905) 773-1046


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