Mental Health Course Outline

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA),www.mhfa.ca, is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

Below is an outline of the course content for further information.  For courses or locations near you please go to www.mhfa.ca.

Session One: Mental Health and Mental Health Problems

  • What is Mental Health First Aid?
  • Common mental health problems
  • Five basic actions of mental health first aid
  • Stigma and discrimination?
  • What is a substance-related disorder?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • MHFA for substance-related problems
  • Crisis first aid for overdose
  • Treatment and resources

Session Two: Mood Disorders

  • What is a mood disorder?
  • Types of mood disorders
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • Substance use and mood disorders
  • Suicide in Canada
  • MHFA for mood problems
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
  • Treatment and resources

Session Three: Anxiety Disorders

  • What is an anxiety disorder?
  • Types of mood disorders
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • Substance use and anxiety disorders
  • MHFA for anxiety problems
  • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
  • Crisis first aid for acute stress reactions
  • Treatment and resources

Session Four: Psychotic Disorders

  • What is a psychotic disorder?
  • Types of psychotic disorders
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • Substance use and psychotic disorders
  • MHFA for anxiety problems
  • Crisis first aid for psychotic episodes
  • Crisis first aid for acute stress reactions

After completing the Mental Health First Aid Canada course, participants will receive a Mental Health First Aid Canada Certificate.

Participants are also provided with the first aid package which covers the course content and provides additional resources. Participants must attend all 12-14 hours of the course to receive their certificate.

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