The Mental Health Strategy for Canada encourages all employers to create and maintain mentally healthy workplaces. The Mental Rescue Society along with the MHCC is committed to helping them do that, by providing the tools, information, and support needed to ensure every Canadian can go to work knowing their organization recognizes the importance of psychological health and safety in the workplace.
However, there are other locations that need this attention to mental health; The Home. This is where you come in. The Mental Rescue Society is pleased to offer the family members of First Responders the training opprotunity that each and everyone of them is currently receiving. This is a 2 day course which will be provided at no cost to the participant.
This course was made available by the contributions from the Fire Deptartment Recruit Class 148. Through their efforts during training they fundraised to make a difference in the Mental Health awareness. With their generous donation the Mental Rescue Society is now able to offer this course at NO COST to the participant. Thank you Class 148 and keep up the good work and we hope your career is as kind to you as you were to us.
Please note the below course dates are for the direct relatives and spouses of First Responders. This is in part by the overwhelming demand to offer such a course to this demographic. To those interested in a public course please stay tuned for updates as future dates are being create just for you.
Class sizes are max 25 participants and each participant will need to register on their own to reserve a seat.
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.
Examples of people who have taken MHFA
Families affected by mental health problems
Secondary and post-secondary instructors, counselors, and administrators
Health service providers
Emergency workers including Fire, Ambulance, and Police Services
Frontline workers who deal with the public
Human resources professionals
Employers and managers
Community groups including new immigrants, homelessness advocates, and chronic disability support services
More information on course outline can be found at