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First Nations

I would recommend this course to absolutely anyone! I learned so much. it really opened up my eyes to a lot of things and I feel much more comfortable talking about mental health with others now.

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20 Hours
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8 Sections

Mental Health First Aid First Nations is a spark that awakens the courage to have open and honest conversations about mental health with family, friends, and others. It is part of a larger journey that helps strengthen the connections within communities.

This course is for everybody who takes it in a First Nations community setting. It is designed to speak to First Nations participants about mental health, where participants reflect on their life experiences and acknowledge the historical context of that experience. And from this, explore ways to restore balance on their journey to wellness.

The EAGLE Model

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

Engage and Evaluate the risk of suicide or harm
Assist the person to seek professional help
Give reassurance and information
Listen without judgment
Encourage self-help strategies and gather community supports

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

Key Outcomes

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  • Increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems
  • Increase awareness of the pathways to recovery
  • Increase confidence and skills to help those developing a mental health problem or in crisis

Crisis First Aid Skills Learned

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  • Substance Overdose
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Panic attack
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Psychotic episode

Course Details

  1. Mental Health Journeys

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    • First Nations culture and wellness
    • Walking in two worlds
    • Historical loss and trauma
    • Circle of Support
  2. Foundations of Mental Health First Aid

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    • Health and mental health
    • Mental health problems and disorders
    • Wellness circle for First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples
    • Mental health stigma
    • The 5 actions of EAGLE
  3. Pathways to Recovery: Mood-related Disorders

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    • Walking in two worlds
    • Approaches
    • Holistic perspective
    • Crisis first aid for mood-related disorders
    • The 5 actions of EAGLE
    • Circle of support
  4. Pathways to Recovery: Substance-related Disorders

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    • Walking in two worlds
    • Approaches
    • Substance use disorder
    • Problematic behaviours related to substance use disorder
    • Alcohol in First Nations communities
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Holistic approach
    • Crisis first aid for overdose
    • Risk factors
    • The 5 actions of EAGLE
  5. Pathways to Recovery: Self-Harm

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    • Walking in two worlds
    • Approaches
    • Forms of self-harm
    • Crisis first aid for self-harm
    • The 5 actions of EAGLE
    • Circle of support
  6. Pathways to Recovery: Anxiety and Trauma-related Disorders

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    • Walking in two worlds
    • Approaches
    • Anxiety disorders among First Nations communities
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Trauma-related disorders among First Nations communities
    • Crisis first aid for anxiety and trauma-related disorders
    • Risk factors
    • The 5 actions of EAGLE
    • Circle of support
  7. Pathways to Recovery: Psychotic Disorders

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    • Walking in two worlds
    • Approaches
    • Types of psychotic disorders
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Crisis first aid for a psychotic episode
    • Risk factors
    • The 5 actions of EAGLE
    • Circle of suppor
  8. Journey to Wellness

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    • Walking in two worlds
    • Circle of support
    • Celebrate!