The Mental Health Strategy for Canada encourages all employers to create and maintain mentally healthy workplaces. True Link Safety 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.
What is Mental Health First Aid Canada?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.
The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
Who Takes MHFA?
Everyone. Anyone can benefit from MHFA, and more than 100,000 Canadians have been trained already. From psychological health and safety in the workplace to schools and community groups to people in Northern Canada, MHFA has had a positive and long lasting impact on Canadians from coast to coast.
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
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.