Mental Health First Aid | Virtual

The previous version of the MHFA course (a 12-hour, in-person course) is now available through an 8-hour online model consisting of:

  • One, 2 -hour, self-directed module (Module 1)
  • Two, 3-hour, virtual, livestream classroom modules (Modules 2 and 3)


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.

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 and encourage that person to:

  • Talk about declines in their mental well-being
  • Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being
  • Reach out to these support
  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis
  • Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being


Module 1: Self-Directed (2 hours. Must be completed prior to accessing the Livestream)

  • What is MHFA?
  • Why is MHFA needed?
  • What is the role of a first aider?
  • Key terms, language, and concepts
  • Key knowledge, attitudes and behaviours
  • Impact of stigma on mental well-being
  • The range of changes that may indicate a decline in mental well-being
  • Introduction to MHFA Actions – ALGEES

Module 2: Virtual Livestream session (3 hours)

  • Review of Module 1
  • Practicing ALGEES with scenarios
  • Strategies for communicating with people from diverse cultures and with members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community

Module 3: Virtual Livestream session (3 hours)

  • Review of Module 2
  • Responding to possible challenges
  • The impact of self-stigma
  • Using ALGEES for your own self-care
  • Recognizing possible signs of a crisis
  • Mental Health crisis versus Mental Health emergency
  • Helpful actions in a crisis
  • (Closing) Next Steps – Commitments to practice

Duration: 8 hours

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