Mental Health First Aid


About the Workshop

Mental Health First Aid is well suited to all workplaces seeking to reduce incidences of mental health problems and issues.

Workshop Description

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 200,000 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 to coast. 

MHFA is well suited to all workplaces seeking to reduce incidences of mental health problems and issues.

Does MHFA work?

MHFA is an international program active in over 20 countries. Research has shown that this evidence-based course offers significant positive impacts for participants and their workplaces, communities, and families, namely:

  • Significantly greater recognition of the most common mental health problems
  • Decreased social distance from people with mental health problems
  • Increased confidence in providing help to others
  • Improved mental health of the MHFA participant her/himself

Key Benefits


Happy and psychologically healthy employees work harder and more efficiently.

Cost Savings due to Disability and Absenteeism

There is a strong link between mental health, physical well-being and injury prevention

Operational Success

Mentally healthy workplaces are characterized by higher levels of employee motivation, commitment, innovation and creativity, as well as fewer errors, better decision making and improved planning.

Recruitment and Retention

Top candidates today are looking for a workplace that supports their personal and professional growth.

Conflict Reduction

Better mental health among employees means fewer grievances and complaints and a stronger corporate reputation

Meet the Instructors

Our award winning experts have over 25 years of mental health training. We conveniently come to your location of choice and offer competitive rates plus discounts for bundled workshops.

Frances Cortese

Frances Cortese is a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer as well as a Registered Nurse. She has practiced in various areas of Psychiatry and Mental Health for over 25 years, including in-patient units, community outreach programs, and as a clinical instructor with Brock University, Nursing Baccalaureate program. She completed an Honors BA in Health Studies/Political Science and holds a Master of Science in Public Health Sciences from the University of Toronto. She has completed workshops on suicide prevention, responding to trauma and holds a Certificate in DBT training.


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