Training & Workshops

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided 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.

The MHFA 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, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  • Provide initial help.
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

MHFA aims to:

  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others.
  • Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state.
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health.
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem.

There are two types of MHFA – Basic MHFA, which is mainly for adults who interact primarily with other adults, and MHFA for Adults who Interact with Youth, which is suitable for adults who interact primarily with youth (ages 12-24).

Workshop topics*:

  • Supporting Students in Distress
  • Supporting Faculty/Staff in Distress
  • Coping Strategies
  • Stress
  • Self-Care

* Other topics available upon request

For more information, contact Arlana Vadnais at arlana.vadnais@umanitoba.ca.