Mental Health First Aid: Basic
By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have – or have had – a mental illness.
MHFA Basic, developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 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, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces.
Participants will receive a comprehensive manual that serves as a workbook, worksheets and activities, resources and a certificate upon completion of the course.
The 12-hour evidence-based MHFA Basic course has been proven to give participants:
Confidence and skills to engage someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis
Greater recognition of mental health problems
Improved mental health for themselves
Mental Health and Stigma
Substance related disorders
Mood related disorders
Anxiety and trauma-related disorders
Crisis First Aid Interventions For:
Acute stress reaction
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
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
Age: As per the Mental Health Commission's policy, MHFA Basic particpants must be 18 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.
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.
Transfer to another course provided that you send notice by email –
email@example.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, 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: While refunds are not provided once a payment is made, you may transfer your registration to another course provided that you send notice by email –
Registration: Registration closes 72 hours 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.