Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 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.
MHFA Canada, sponsored by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), offers a series of courses. Basic MHFA is a 12-hour training course delivered in 5 modules, carried out over 2 days. Participants learn how to provide initial help to people who are showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This evidence-based program is being delivered in 20 countries across the world. The aim of the program is to provide the same overall purposes as traditional first aid – to ensure someone experiencing a health crisis has access to immediate and competent care . The program will teach you to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems; Provide initial help; Guide towards appropriate professional help. Aims to preserve life, prevent escalation of problems, promote recovery and comfort those experiencing mental health problems.