Mental Health First Aid
September 9, 2019
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Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

About this Event

MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including:

- substance related

- mood related

- anxiety and trauma related

- 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 a 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


Crisis first aid skills learned:

- Substance overdose

- Suicidal behaviour

- Panic attack

- Acute stress reaction

- Psychotic episode

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