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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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)
Focus Groups, Group
Discussion & Interviews
Education & Training