MHFA Supporting Youth (Virtual)

Virtual/10 hours

Most people are familiar with CPR and First Aid.  However, would you know what to do if you were faced with someone experiencing a mental health crisis?

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.  The course was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

The course is designed for adults who have frequent contact with young people, for example, parents and guardians, teachers and other school staff, sports coaches, and youth workers.

Course participants will learn how to:

  • recognize signs that a young person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health or substance use crisis
  • initiate conversations that encourage a young person to talk about a mental health or substance use problem
  • discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being
  • assist in a mental health or substance use crisis situation
  • check in with one’s own mental well-being and take action as needed

NOTE: This is an interactive, virtual training session, which is different from a webinar. Participants will be expected to participate through voice and video, and to engage with each other and the facilitator in large and small group discussions, to learn from each other and practice skill development.

Participants receive access to manual and a certificate from the Mental Health Commission of Canada upon completion of the training.


Module 1: Self-Directed (2 – Hours)
Participants will receive a link to the self-directed learning module two weeks prior to the start of the session. This module takes approximately two hours to complete and must be completed and submitted for evaluation three days prior to the start of the session. Participants must successfully complete Module 1 in order to participate in Modules 2 and 3.

  • Introduction to the course
  • Introduction to MHFA actions

Module 2: Virtual Classroom (4 – Hours)

  • Practice applying MHFA actions to situations of declining mental well-being
  • Guidelines for MHFA conversations with people from diverse cultures and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community

Module 3: Virtual Classroom (4-Hours)

  • Discussion on using MHFA actions for self-care
  • Practice using MHFA actions in crisis situations