CLAC’s Mental Health Initiatives

Mental Health: It Takes a Village

Whether working directly with our members or providing online learning, our staff, stewards, and worker health and safety representatives understand that “safety first” doesn’t just apply to physical safety.

CLAC is committed to helping our members and their communities become happier and healthier through our mental health programs, including our popular Mental Health First Aid training course and the My Health and Wellness tools found on myCLAC.

Why Choose Mental Health First Aid?

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

CLAC strongly supports this training and has made it a priority to provide this training to staff, union stewards, and worker health and safety representatives across the country.

New for 2021

CLAC now offers two versions of MHFA, in-person and online/distance. To find out if the course is offered in your area, visit your local CLAC Training Team:

British Columbia

In-person or online/distance


In-person or online/distance


In-person or online/distance


In-person or online/distance



Derek Schreiber Mental Health First Aid Bursary

Long-time CLAC representative Derek Schreiber exemplified what it means to be an advocate for fair practices in the workplace and was a strong proponent of mental health. Following his unexpected passing in August 2020, his family wanted his advocacy to continue in the form of a series of MHFA bursaries, to ensure that course cost is not a barrier to participation.

The bursary is open to anyone who is experiencing financial hardship and wants to learn how to support positive mental health in their workplace and community through CLAC’s MHFA training courses.

To take advantage of this bursary and to request to register, please email the CLAC Foundation Team. In your email, please indicate which course offering you are interested in attending (province, date, time, and online/distance or in-person). Once seat and bursary availability are confirmed, you will receive a course registration confirmation from CLAC Training with instructions on how to access the course. Note that individuals who receive training fund monies or can have their course paid for by an employer are not eligible.