Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a two day training course, which is similar to Standard First Aid/CPR. MHFA gives you the knowledge and the skills to assist someone in a mental health crisis. This course comes with certification from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

We are now offering Virtual Mental Health First Aid Courses in 2021!

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MHFA training can help you:

  • Increase your knowledge of mental illnesses (depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and psychotic episodes).
  • Give you greater confidence and hands on experience to assist someone with a mental illness.
  • Trains you how to respond to someone who may be experiencing these conditions using set action plans and crisis intervention strategies
  • Decrease the stigmatized attitudes.
  • Improve mental health of participants

MHFA is a certified training program from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is also part of The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. This training program is highly praised and constantly growing. It is the only international mental health training program that is being delivered in 25 countries around the world.

What is included in the course:

MHFA training covers the following:

  • Substance disorders and crisis first aid for overdosing
  • Depression, bi-polar, and crisis first aid for suicidal behavior    
  • Anxiety disorders and crisis first aid for panic attacks & acute stress episodes
  • Psychotic disorders and crisis first aid for psychotic episodes

All courses held at Ontario Shores are fully catered with breakfast, lunch, snacks and refreshments.

Who can take Mental Health First Aid?

Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to take MHFA training.  No prior training or knowledge on mental health is mandatory.  If you have a family member, friend or colleague who is experiencing a mental illness, this course will give you the hands on experience in assisting them. We encourage human resource professionals, supervisors/managers and first responders to partake in this training.

Want to register for the next course?

Please click on the link below to register for our next available course. You can register up to eight people online for our next session at Ontario Shores. If you have more than eight people in your group, a special group pricing will be available. We have trained senior executives from Ontario Power Generation, The Beer Store, local libraries and more. To start planning your private course, please contact Christina Fuda at 905.430.4055 ext. 6238 or by email

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Christina Fuda
Mental Health First Aid Coordinator
905.430.4055 ext. 6238

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  • I wish I had this course much ealier in my life/career it was so enlightening for me. I gained so much knowledge not only for myself but I would now feel comfortable helping others with mental illness
  • Fantastic training! Taught me a lot about mental health, the stigma around it and gave me the tools to assist if required