Thursday, 11 June 2015

Workshop: Mental Health First Aid

Similar to physical first aid training, Mental Health First Aid provides instruction to individuals, and aids in developing their ability and confidence to offer basic first line mental health first aid to others when required. This session is offered to faculty and staff who have regular and ongoing dealings with staff and students. 

Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone developing a mental health problem or in the midst of a mental health crisis. The MHFA approach is to provide tools and resources to the "First Aider" so that if they are in a situation where an individual is experiencing mental health difficulties they are prepared to assess the situation and appropriately support the individual. This could include encouraging the individual to seek professional help and develop self-help strategies.

The next workshop is July 20th and 21st, from 8:00am - 4:00pm, at the Lister Conference Centre. While there is no cost to attend the session, participants are required to provide a departmental speed code at the time of registration. If the participant cancels within 48 hours of the offering or does not attend, the department will be assessed a $50.00 fee. Participants must complete the full two days to obtain a certificate. To register, email org.health@ualberta.ca