Education Opportunity: Mental Health First Aid

Education Opportunity: Mental Health First Aid


Pre-Approved for 1.2 Continuing Education Units!!!!! 



We need a minimum of 10 people for the course to go ahead!!!



Title of Session: Mental Health First Aid


Session Description: Almost one in three Canadians will have a mental problem at some point in their life. Some mental health problems are more common than physical ailments. Most people have little knowledge about mental illness. This lack of understanding promotes fear and stigma. It prevents people from seeking help early, and seeking the most effective help. It also keeps people from providing appropriate support to clients, patients, friends, colleagues, family or strangers simply because they do not know how.


Mental Health First Aid 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 provided until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved.


Length of Session: 12 hours over two days: April 7th and 8th, 2018

12 hours of continuing education.

There are two 15 minute coffee one at 10:00 am and one at 2:00 pm. (both hosted by BCTRA)

Lunch is a half hour-on your own.

Please feel free to bring your own lunch-there is a fridge and microwave available.

Please feel free to bring food back to the conference room.

Pizza Hut, Subway, McDonalds, Pho, Freshii, Tim Horton’s and Sushi are within a four minute drive.


Learning Outcomes:


After taking the course, participants will be able to:


  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  • Identify risk factors.
  • Provide initial help especially in a crisis such as suicide ideation, panic attacks, psychotic episode or overdose.
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.
  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others.
  • Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state.
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health.
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem.

MHFA does not teach people how to be therapists. Just like how physical first aid does not teach you how to become a nurse or doctor.

MHFA has been thoroughly evaluated using randomized controlled trials and qualitative

studies. It has been found to be effective at improving participant’s knowledge. This in turn

increases participant’s comfort level so that they can help people in need.




Speaker Bio: Naleena Gounder


Naleena has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology from UBC. For the past 11 years, she has worked in complex mental health and addictions. Naleena has experience in diagnosing and creating treatment plans for individuals from all walks of life. She has worked with people diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar, polysubstance dependence, antisocial and borderline traits. Naleena has worked in outpatient, inpatient, research settings and in the community.
Anyone of us can struggle with mental health at any point in life. Naleena’s philosophy is that you can manage your mental health best when you are involved in creating your own flexible holistic plan.


Location of the Course:


Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. 3644 Slocan Street, Vancouver. Parking is free. Come to the main entrance; the doors are locked but someone will be there to open the doors. The workshop is in the cafeteria conference room which is the second room on the left. Contact cell phone number for the two days is 604-807-8748.


Cost: $ 225.00 until older manuals sell out then increases to $ 250.00 with new manual. Make cheque payable to BCTRA. Forward a cheque to BCTRA at 93597 Nelson Park, Vancouver, BC V6E 4L7.


How to Register: Send an email to . Provide them with your name, course dates you are interested in and that you are a BCTRA member. Forward a cheque to BCTRA.


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Upon the completion of the course you will receive two certificates:

  1. From Mental Health First Aid
  2. A CEU Certificate from BCTRA



Detailed Course Outline:


Mental Health and Mental Health Problems and Substance Use

  • What is Mental Health First Aid?
  • Common mental health problems
  • Five basic actions of mental health first aid
  • Stigma and discrimination?
  • What is a substance-related disorder?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • MHFA for substance-related problems
  • Crisis first aid for overdose
  • Treatment and resources


Mood Disorders

  • What is a mood disorder?
  • Types of mood disorders
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • Substance use and mood disorders
  • Suicide in Canada
  • MHFA for mood problems
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
  • Treatment and resources


Anxiety and Trauma Related Disorders

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


Psychotic Disorders

  • 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