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Mental Health First Aid Training


Become Certified in Mental Health First Aid

Course Objectives:

Just as physical first aid helps an individual with a physical injury prior to being provided with expert care, 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, until the person can access professional and other supports.

Mental Health First Aid Certification is provided by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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
  • Have conversations that encourage a person to:
    • Talk about declines in their mental well-being
    • Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery and improve 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

The Trainer for this workshop training is Dr. David Murphy. Dr. Murphy is a physician and a Certified Medical Psychotherapist, based in Leamington, Ontario. Dr. Murphy has a holistic approach to the treatment of mental health issues, paying attention of the well-being of both the mind and the body. Dr. Murphy's medical practice focuses on treating psychological trauma, addictions, depression, anxiety and pain.

Participants will need to register for the workshop training by May 19 2021. Participants will then need to complete Module 1 (which is a self-learning module) by September 7 2021. Completing Module 1 takes about two hours. Modules 2 and 3 are presented on September 14 2021. To be certified in Mental Health First Aid, participants will need to participate in all three training modules.

The registration fee is $275.00 plus HST and fees

There will be a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 15 participants for this Mental Health First Aid training workshop, to allow for discussion with and feedback from the participants. The workshop training is interactive and experiential.

As the workshop is presented through Zoom, you will need a high-speed internet connection and the Zoom app on your computer. I would recommend using a computer rather than a tablet or phone.

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There are still some places available for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification Training on September 14 2021 through Zoom.

Studies show that having a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace, who can recognize a colleague's decline in well-being  and help to make a difference, will improve job satisfaction in the workplace, reduce time off work due to illness and improve the well-being of the Mental Health First Aider.

With the continuing effects of the COVID pandemic, mental well-being in the workplace is now more important than ever.

A private training workshop can be arranged for workplaces who would like to train between eight and fifteen people in MHFA.

For more information, and to register for the September 14 workshop, go to:

Dr David Murphy


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