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Mental Health First Aid - Families of First Responders

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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. Details about the course can be found at the link below.

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

  • Corporations

  • Emergency workers including Fire, Ambulance, and Police Services

  • Frontline workers who deal with the public

  • Volunteers

  • Human resources professionals

  • Employers and managers

  • Community groups including new immigrants, homelessness advocates, and chronic disability support services