Mental Health First Aid: Adults who Interact with Youth

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Ramada Kingston Hotel and Conference Centre

33 Benson Street

Kingston, ON K7K 5W2


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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 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, toolkit and future resource 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.mentalhealthfirstaid@gmail.com at least one week 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 participants 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 your plans change after you have registered you may:

  1. Designate a substitute to attend in your place, at no extra cost. Please notify us of the name of the person attending as soon as possible prior to the course date for which you registered. This will allow us to correct our records and minimize confusion at check-in.

  2. Transfer to another course provided that you send notice by email – sabrina.mentalhealthfirstaid@gmail.com at least 7 business days prior to the course date for which you have registered. Requests sent less than 7 days prior to a course date will not be considered. If you fail to attend your scheduled course without the required notification, as outlined above, your fee will be forfeited.

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, you will not be issued a certificate and/or you 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. If there are extenuating circumstances, one can petition in writing, please email – sabrina.mentalhealthfirstaid@gmail.com for the course fees to be waived. There is however no guarantee fees will be waived and all decisions are final.

Refund: Refunds are not provided at any time.

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