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Mental Health First Aid


The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) project is a new project that Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) is taking on. Following Gateway CERH’s Be Well Work Well project, which explored the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic regarding mental health and substance use in rural workplaces across Huron and Perth counties, the results of the project identified a need for accessible, community-based mental health training.


A solution to these findings is this project—the MHFA project—where the goal is to provide accessible MHFA training to individuals and organizations, or anyone who is interested within Huron County, and equip them with the knowledge, skills and resources to understand and respond to mental health issues. 

Do you know how to talk to someone when they're having a bad day?
Or know what to do if you were to encounter someone experiencing a mental health crisis? Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training equips people with the skills to: 

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Meet The Team!


Erin Ross


Bonnie Baynham

Lynne Harris


Grace Bonnett

  • Recognize signs of declining mental well-being

  • Have conversations that encourage a person to discuss their mental state

  • Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being

  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis

  • Aquire the resources to seek out and consult with professionals and other supports that could navigate and improve mental well-being

Mental Health First Aid training will be offered through Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health by four local providers highlighted above. Training will be conducted on virtual and in person platforms. 

Each provider will be eligible to train by August 2023. More details regarding time and place of training sessions are coming soon.

Project Phases/(Course Delivery)




Research Outline


Literature Review

Partnership Development

Survey Creation

Community Engagement


Communication Strategy

Data Analysis


Focus Groups, Group

Discussion & Interviews

Community Conversations

Resource Development

Education & Training

Development of


Implementation Plan

Sustainability Plan

Large-Scale Event

Final Reporting

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