I enjoyed this course. The instructors were amazing at keeping me engaged as well as explaining information. I would highly recommend it.
The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Canada Northern Peoples course is guided by a number of important principles such as respect, cooperation, resilience, community, harmony, generosity and resourcefulness. Many of these values are used to guide Aboriginal ways of living. All of these values are considered important and many are interconnected with one another. This course was designed to respect the importance of holism and balance. That means that the whole person - mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual parts of a person - must be considered when providing mental health first aid. It also means that for someone to be healthy, all of those parts must be in balance.
The ALGEE Model
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
Encourage professional support
Encourage other supports
ALGEE is the framework for having a confident conversation about mental health with family, friends, colleagues, and strangers.
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
Crisis First Aid Skills Learned
- Substance overdose
- Suicidal behaviour
- Panic attack
- Acute stress reaction
- Psychotic episode
Mental Health and Stigma
Mental Health First Aid
Anxiety and Trauma-Related Disorders