ABOUT US

True Link Safety along with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) are catalysts for improving the mental health system and changing the attitudes and behaviours around mental health issues. Through its unique mandate from Health Canada, True Link Safety brings together leaders and professionals from across the city to accelerate these changes.

True Link Safety is built around the understanding that through experience greater knowledge can be achieved. Our instructors apply this knowledge to the Mental Health material which leads to a greater appreciation and comprehension from our participants. Our team is primarily made up of first responders who understand the professional and personal impact of mental health issues on individuals both at home and in the workplace. 

We are professional firefighters who understand and empathize with those who may be dealing with situations or circumstances that could potentially affect their mental health and overall well-being.

Using our extensive knowledge, training and real world experience, we focus on providing you with the training and tools you need to help protect, recognize and support workers, family members or friends who may be dealing with issues affecting their mental health.


PROGRAM HISTORY 

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course was developed to help people provide initial support for someone who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA was developed and introduced by Professors Anthony Jorm and Betty Kitchener from the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University in 2001. Since 2005 the program has been sponsored by the ORYGEN Research Centre at the University of Melbourne.

The MHFA course aimed to improve the mental health literacy of members of the Australian community. Since then, the program has been developed, evaluated and disseminated nationally and internationally in 18 countries. In fact, both Australia and Scotland have made MHFA part of their national mental health strategies. Countries include: Australia, Scotland, Canada, U.S.A., Finland, Singapore, England, Wales, Ireland, Cambodia, Japan, South Africa, Thailand, Hong Kong, Nepal, China, Sweden, and Maaori in New Zealand.

Mental Health First Aid Canada came under the leadership of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in February 2010. To learn more about the Commission visit: www.mentalhealthcommission.ca