Mental Health First Aid – Interacting With Youth

Mental health problems are arguably the leading health problems children face after infancy.”~Dr. Charlotte Waddell Director, Children’s Health Policy Centre, SFU (Child & Youth Mental Health Plan) stigma is a challenging endeavour and many heartfelt efforts and initiatives have been formed in the last decade to increase awareness related to Mental Health. The Jack Project, Michael Schratter’s courageous “Ride Don’t Hide”, Bell’s “Let’s Talk” radio commercials and the enormous amount of neurobiology research depicting brain development and it’s influence on our understanding of mental health. This is a only a sample of the important work being done by organizations in Canada and beyond but there are ways that each person can contribute to bring needed change.

MHFA provides everyone with the understanding that we all come in contact with problems related to mental health in our daily activities with people we live, work and play with. We can help change the landscape of our “mental health crisis” when we know how to recognize, understand & attend to our fellow neighbour like we could if they had a broken bone or physical ailment? Learn the signs & symptoms of mental health problems.  Learn it’s vital we stop thinking it’s ‘none of our business’ when someone is going through a rough patch. Knowing Mental Health First Aid could save a life. When someone is having a tough time, they might not know how to ask you for help.

This 14 hour course is designed to increase awareness of the unique aspects of mental health problems in young people aged 12-24.


  • Mental Health/Mental Health Problems
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Deliberate self-injury
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Relevant community resources

Who? Education professionals, health providers, parents, youth workers, community service workers, other adults & youth 16+

Why? Learn how to identify mental health problems and appropriate first aid strategies to help people receive the help they need, when they need it.