The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that one in every five Canadians experiences a mental health problem within a given 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 towards individuals living with these problems. It prevents people from seeking help for themselves and from providing appropriate support to people around them. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis.
Course participants will learn how to recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis and encourage that person to:
Talk about declines in their mental well-being;
Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being;
Reach out to these supports;
Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis;
Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being.
July 21: Module 1 – Self-Directed: Enrollment Codes provided to participants
Proof of completion of Module 1 due Monday, August 2, 8 p.m.
August 3, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Module 2 – Virtual Classroom
Practice applying MHFA actions to situations of declining mental well-being.
Guidelines for MHFA conversations with people from diverse cultures and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
August 4, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Module 3 – Virtual Classroom
Discussion on using MHFA actions for self-care.
Practice using MHFA actions in crisis situations.
Cost: $199.00 (incl. HST)
Spaces are limited! Register before July 30, 2021, 12 p.m.*
*Although participants can start studying Module 1 on July 21 when the codes are provided, you can still register and get your code until July 30, 2021. Please make sure you complete two-hour self-paced Module 1 by Monday, August 2, 8 p.m.
Participants will receive a pdf version of the “MHFA Participant Reference Guide” that outlines MHFA actions for developing mental health and substance use problems, and mental health and substance use crises. A hardcopy will be available for purchase on the Commission’s website.
Instructed by Cindy Krysac
Cindy is an experienced and trusted Mental Health First Aid Canada Instructor, she has taught Mental Health First Aid to over 990 participants. She applies evidence-based teaching methods to create an effective and comfortable learning experience, while inspiring participants with her knowledge and passion for mental health awareness and actions. She is currently a contract Mental Health First Aid facilitator for the Ontario Building and Construction Tradeswomen.
Cindy has been advocating for mental health awareness and mental health initiatives for over 20 years. She is currently a Patient and Family Advisor for Trillium Health Partners. Since 2017, Cindy has been part of a team advocating through human rights for First Aid requirements for workplaces to include Mental Health First Aid.
From 2013 to 2017 Cindy was an advocate on the Advisory Board for the Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere FAME, she was a co author of FAME’s stakeholder contribution to the Toronto Police Services Review “Police Encounters with People in Crisis”. In June 2015 she was awarded SPARK training from The Mental Health Commission of Canada, and used the training to help young people emerge as confident peer and community mental health advocates.
Cindy is an IBEW 353 I.C.I electrician, and has spent more than twenty years as a physics researcher, teacher, professor and program director in the university system.
BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICY:
Course numbers are limited to ensure a quality learning experience for all participants. Places are allocated in order of receipt of registration form. Written cancellation received seven (7) working days prior to the first day of training are subject to refund from the Mental Health First Aid Canada in the amount of $99.00. Cancellations received thereafter are non-refundable.
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