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Adults who Interact with Youth

This course has reminded me that sometimes, listening appropriately is the best first aid of all!

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14 Hours
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6 Sections

MHFA Adults who Interact with Youth is intended for an adult audience whose primary focus is youth (aged 14-25). In addition to the four most common disorders discussed in MHFA BASIC, this course includes instruction about eating disorders and deliberate self-injury. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with the young people in their lives, including at schools, extra-curricular activities, social services, family, friends, and communities.

The ALGEE Model

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In the MHFA course, you will gain a solid understanding of the 5 basic actions of ALGEE:

Assess the risk of suicide and/or harm
Listen non-judgmentally
Give reassurance
Encourage professional support
Encourage other supports

ALGEE is the framework for having a confident conversation about mental health with family, friends, colleagues, and strangers.

Key Outcomes

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International evaluations and feedback have found the following outcomes for participants undertaking an MHFA course:

  • Increased awareness of signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems
  • Decreased stigma related to mental health
  • Increased confidence interacting with individuals experiencing a mental health problem or crisis
  • Increased help actually provided to individuals in crisis or experiencing a mental health problem
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Crisis First Aid

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  • Substance overdose
  • Suicidal behaviour
  • Panic attack
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Psychotic episode

Course Details

  1. Mental Health Problems and Stigma

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    • What is Mental Health First Aid?
    • Common mental health problems
    • Five basic actions of mental health first aid
    • Stigma and discrimination?
  2. Substance-related Disorders

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    • What is a substance-related disorder?
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Risk factors
    • MHFA for substance-related problems
    • Crisis first aid for overdose
    • Treatment and resources
  3. Mood-related Disorders

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    • What is a mood-related disorder?
    • Types of mood-related disorders
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Risk factors
    • Substance use and mood-related disorders
    • Suicide in Canada
    • MHFA for mood-related problems
    • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
    • What is deliberate self-injury?
    • Reasons for self-injury
    • MHFA for self-injury
    • Treatment and resources
  4. Anxiety and Trauma-related Disorders

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    • What are anxiety and trauma related disorders?
    • Types of anxiety and trauma related disorders
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Risk factors
    • Substance use and anxiety related disorders
    • MHFA for anxiety and trauma related problems
    • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
    • Crisis first aid for acute stress reactions
    • Treatment and resources
  5. Eating Disorders

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    • What is an eating disorder?
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Risk factors
    • MHFA for eating disorders
  6. Psychotic Disorders

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    • What is a psychotic disorder?
    • Types of psychotic disorders
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Risk factors
    • Substance use and psychotic disorders
    • MHFA for anxiety problems
    • Crisis first aid for psychotic episodes