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MHCC Mental Health First Aid

  • Friday, June 23, 2023
  • 09:00 - 16:30
  • Waterloo Region Courthouse, 85 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON Room LL401


  • Price includes HST, lunch, coffee and snacks.



Mental Health Commission of Canada:
Mental Health First Aid Training

This program contains 6 hours of Professionalism Content and 3 hours of EDI Professionalism Content

Date : Friday, June 23, 2023 (9:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Where: In-person at Waterloo Region Courthouse, 85 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON  Room LL401

Speaker: Sarah Stewart

This workshop is available to WRLA members and their staff

Registration is limited, so please register early. We will require at least 8 people to register to hold this workshop. 

The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that one in every five Canadians experiences a mental health problem within a year. While we often know a lot about physical illness, there tends to be less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems. This lack of understanding leads to fear and negative attitudes toward individuals living with mental health or substance use problems. It prevents people from seeking help and providing appropriate support to people around them.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is offered to someone with an emerging mental health or substance use problem or in crisis, until appropriate treatment is found or the situation resolves. An evidence-based course, MHFA Standard  has been proven to give participants:

  • The tools to recognize signs of decline in mental well-being.
  • The ability to talk about their mental health.
  • The knowledge to discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery or improved mental well-being.
  • The confidence to reach out to these supports.
  • The tools to assist during a mental health or substance use crisis.
  • The knowledge to use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental wellness.


This 9-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 live classroom modules (Modules 2 and 3). Course participants will complete Module 1 before participating in Modules 2 and 3.

Upon registration, participants will receive a Participant Reference Guide which outlines MHFA actions for mental health and substance use problems and crises.

Module 1: Self-directed module that introduces participants to the concepts of the course and Mental Health First Aid actions. Must be completed before June 20, 2023.

Module 2: Live classroom that discusses tools on how to apply MHFA actions to situations of declining mental well-being and guidelines for MHFA conversations with diverse populations. (This module is in-person on June 23, 2023)

Module 3: Live classroom that gives participants the opportunity to practice applying MHFA actions to crisis situations and discusses the importance of self-care.(This module is in-person on June 23, 2023)

Course Layout

Crisis First Aid and Interventions For:

  • Suicidal behaviour
  • Panic attacks
  • Overdose
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Psychotic episodes

Course Model

  • Assess the risk of suicide and/or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance
  • Encourage professional and other support.
  • Self-Care

Cost: $290/person (price includes HST and the cost of program, lunch, coffee and snacks)

Click here for more information about the course.

Once your registration is complete you will receive an email from WRLA staff with your login and instructions to Module 1 (self-directed, virtual)

Registration closes on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

Call or Fax Us
Office: 519-742-0872
Toll Free: 1-866-201-0168
Fax: 519-742-4102

85 Frederick St
Kitchener, ON N2H 0A4

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