Ontario Shores Launches its Mental Health First Aid Training

January 24, 2013
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) has launched its program to deliver Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).

“We are so excited to deliver this important education across the many communities we serve,” says Glenna Raymond, President and CEO of Ontario Shores. “I am proud of our staff who have committed to this added part of their role. Mental Health First Aid is a valuable tool that will help change how we see mental illness and will empower people to make a difference to someone who may be dealing with a mental health crisis.”
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The MHFA training course was developed to help people provide initial support for someone who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA was developed and introduced by Professors Anthony Jorm and Betty Kitchener from the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University in 2001. Since 2005 the program has been sponsored by the ORYGEN Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. The Mental Health Commission of Canada adopted the program in 2010 and has trained hundreds of trainers to deliver this course across the country. Ontario Shores’ clinical managers Steve Mathew and Leslie Johnston are two of many people across Canada trained to deliver the MHFA course under the guidance of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
 
Ontario Shores launched its inaugural training January 21-22 and featured representatives from municipal government, Durham Regional Police Association and staff from large corporations such as Ontario Power Generation (OPG), and Veridian.

"One out of every three Canadians will experience a mental health issue during their lifetime," says Don Terry, OPG Public Affairs Manager. "This training enables us to recognize the signs early on and offer assistance. This is a great investment for any business.”'

MHFA is education that is open to members of the general public. Families affected by mental health problems, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resources professionals, employers and community groups are just some of the groups who have benefited from training offered across the country.

Ontario Shores will be offering sessions at its hospital site during the year and can also deliver the course to private groups. For information on upcoming training hosted by Ontario Shores visit ontarioshores.ca and visit the events calendar. If your business or organization is interested in having Ontario Shores provide MHFA training at your site please contact Chris Bovie at 905.430.4055 ext. 6574 or boviec@ontarioshores.ca.


About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a spectrum of specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.

Mental Health First Aid Canada (MHFA Canada)
Mental Health First Aid Canada (MHFA) is a comprehensive program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada that gives people the skills to provide that early intervention that is so important in recovery. It 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.

Photo Cutline: Steve Mathew (above) and Leslie Johnston are two clinical managers at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences that are certified instructors in Mental Health First Aid. For more information, please contact: Chris Bovie, Community Relations Officer Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences 905-430-4055 ext. 6574 Cell: 905-995-2443 or email: boviec@ontarioshores.ca

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001