Mental Health First Aid

One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. Chances are that someone you know is struggling with their mental health. They could be a family member, friend, co-worker, client or customer. It could even be happening to you.

  • Would like to know how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem?

  • Would you like to know how to respond to someone experiencing a mental health crisis?

  • Would you like to be taught to recognize the signs and symptoms of a Mental Health problem?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then Mental Health First Aid Canada (MHFA) training could be right for you. 

MHFA is a two-day basic course of the Mental Health Commission of Canada that provides information about mental health problems, effective treatments, ways to access professional help and ways to respond to someone experiencing a mental health problem or a mental health crisis.

Participants receive a manual and a certificate from the Mental Health Commission of Canada upon completion of the training.

Who Should Attend?

Any staff in a human, social or community services organization. 


Two days

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Bring this Workshop In-House

Please note, this course can be delivered to a maximum of 24 participants in one session. 

Contact Christie Herrington
Manager, Education

Email Christie

About the Facilitators

Patricia Thacker is committed to creating awareness and understanding around mental illness. With over 18 years of experience delivering training and seminars in the education and community service sectors, she brings passion and dedication to the classroom. During her career, Pat was an Employment Consultant/Job Coach where she supported multi-barriered clients, many of whom had mental health problems, transition into the workforce. Since becoming a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor in 2014, she has delivered more than 90 courses to public and private sector organizations, as well as members of the general public. Pat is also a Contract Facilitator of The Mental Health Commission of Canada and believes that teaching Mental Health First Aid is a great way to share the message that everyone matters.

Bonnie Corey was an Ontario Public Service employee for over 35 years. Her work has span across the young offender, day care and children's services and developmental service sectors. In roles as a child and youth worker, probation officer, licensing manager, program supervisor and as a corporate project lead Bonnie has been respectful and compassionate with individuals receiving care and services, as well as supportive to staff and managers to identify and acknowledge mental health illnesses and a respectful approach. Understanding mental health is a strong start to providing first responder support to individuals we live and work with and Bonnie is dedicated to sharing this knowledge and information with as many people who are interested. We all have experience with mental health and this course provides information and a safe environment to share and learn from each other.