Mental Health First Aid: Adults who Interact with Youth

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It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.

MHFA Adults who Interact with Youth, developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is intended for an adult audience whose primary focus is youth (aged 12-24). In addition to the four most common disorders discussed in MHFA BASIC, this course includes instruction about eating disorders and deliberate self-injury. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with the young people in their lives, including at schools, extra-curricular activities, social services, family, friends, and communities.

Participants will receive a comprehensive manual that serves as a workbook, worksheets and activities, resources and a certificate upon completion of the course.

Aims of the 2 day (14 hour) course

  • Recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop in youth, including eating disorders and non-suicidal self-injury.

  • Provide initial help when facing a mental health problem or crisis.

  • Guide youth and/or adult who support them toward appropriate professional help.

  • Learn how to accommodate young people who are in distress or are recovering from a crisis.

Topics Covered

  • Mental Health and Stigma

  • Substance related disorders

  • Mood related disorders

  • Anxiety and trauma-related disorders

  • Psychotic disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Deliberate self-injury

Crisis First Aid Interventions For

  • Suicidal behaviour

  • Overdose

  • Self-harm

  • Psychosis

  • Acute stress reaction

  • Panic attacks

Who should train in MHFA Adults Who Interact With Youth?

  • Teachers

  • Social Workers

  • Counsellors

  • Law enforcement

  • Parents and family members

  • Coaches

  • Babysitters

  • First responders

  • Healthcare providers

  • Community leaders


Accessibility: The Instructor is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all participants in accordance with provincial guidelines. If you have a disability, use assistive technology, or need accommodation to fully access a course, please send an email to sabrina.mhfa@gmail.com at least 7 business days in advance of the course start date. You will be contacted to discuss your needs.

Age: As per the Mental Health Commission's policy, MHFA Youth particpants must be 16 years old and older. Baby-sitting services are not provided and children cannot attend the course with their caregiver.

Attendance: Participants must attend both full days to receive certificate of completion from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Behaviour: If a participant is disruptive, disrespectful, rude, and otherwise negatively contributes to the unfolding of the course (i.e. inappropriate language) in any way, the Instructor has the right to ask the participant to leave the course and the participant will not receive a MHFA certificate of completion or a refund.

Cancellation: The Instructor reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses due to under-enrollment, Instructor illness or inclement weather. If a course is canceled, you may transfer to another course or receive a full refund.

Liability: Registrant voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which the ticket is issued, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. Registrant voluntarily agrees that the Instructor, facility, participants, and all the respective agents, officers, directors and employees are expressly released by holder from any claims arising from such causes.

Punctuality: Punctuality is very important so that the Instructor can begin courses on time. If one arrives later than 15 minutes past the start time of the scheduled course, they will not be issued a certificate and/or they will be refused admittance. This also includes returning from breaks, leaving the course early and leaving the room while the session is still underway.

If one does not receive a certificate of attendance due to late arrival/absence, the full cost of the course applies.

Refund: Refunds are not provided once a payment is made. If your plans change after you have registered, you may designate a substitute to attend in your place, at no extra cost. Please send notification of the name of the person attending as soon as possible prior to the course date for which you registered. This will allow records to be corrected and minimize confusion at check-in.

Registration: Registration closes 1 week prior to the start date/time of the course. Registration requests received after the above-stated deadline will be considered at the discretion of the Instructor.

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