Mental Health First Aid
Date: October 7 and 8, 2019
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm each day
Location: 1540 Cornwall Road, Oakville ON, L6J 7W5. Follow the signs for CMHA
Cost: $175 per person, includes both days
“If I sprain my ankle, chances are you will know what to do. If I have a panic attack, chances are you won’t.”
1 in 5 people will experience a mental health problem this year. Mental Health First Aid is a two-day interactive course that teaches people the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, as well as how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as important as physical first aid, mental health first aid provides 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. The course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including anxiety and trauma related, mood related, substance abuse and psychotic disorders.
What you will go home with:
- Mental Health First Aid Certificate (must be present for entire course to receive certificate)
- Confidence and skills to engage someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis (incl. interventions for overdose, suicide behaviour, panic attacks, psychotic episode, acute stress reaction)
- Greater understanding of and recognition of possible mental health problems
- Reduced stigma
“I am recommending this course to family, friends and colleagues. I realized through this course that I carried a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about mental illness.”
“This was an incredible course. It gave me concrete tools that I can use to help people.”
Facilitator: Melanie McGregor is a Specialist in Health Promotion and Advancement for the Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch. She has been part of the CMHA Halton Region Branch team since 2012 and is currently responsible for training, awareness, special events, and fundraising. It is her own lived experience with a mental illness that gives her passion to talk and teach about mental health and how people and workplaces can encourage and support wellness, balance, and recovery.
A former high school English teacher, Melanie is also a Mental Health First Aid Canada Master Trainer, an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Facilitator, and a certified CMHA Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. She also writes a bi-weekly wellness column for Halton Metroland Media.