Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid Canada (MHFA Canada) and St. John Ambulance announced that they are working towards increasing the number of instructors equipped to offer mental health first aid training, making it more accessible to people across Canada.
MHFA Canada aim to train at least 40 St. John Ambulance instructors in mental health first aid, who will in turn teach the course on behalf of St. John Ambulance.
Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Similar to physical first aid that is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, it is given until appropriate treatment is found or the crisis is resolved.
The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, family and friends.
More than 220,000 people in Canada have been trained in MHFA since 2007.