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Mental Health First Aid – Supporting Youth


Our youth are struggling with mental health more than ever. Mental Health First Aid will help those in their lives identify emerging issues and know exactly the right steps to take so kids can get the help they need.

NOTE – This course is open to Canadian residents ONLY. You must be 16 or older to participate.

By enrolling in this course, you are agreeing to the Terms & Conditions outlined in the Additional Information section below.  Please read them carefully before continuing.

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Our youth are struggling with mental health more than ever. Mental Health First Aid training  and certification will help those in their lives identify emerging issues and know exactly the right steps to take so kids can get the help they need. This course is designed for members of the public who are regularly in contact with youth. Through Mental Health First Aid you will learn:


  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
    • Who We Are
    • How We Work
    • MHFA program


  • Mental Health and Substance Use Problems
    • Mental Health Problems in Canadian Youth
      • How common are mental health and substance use problems?
      • Influences
      • Spectrum of interventions
      • Self-help strategies and young people
    • Adolescent Development
      • Changes during adolescent development
      • Relationship between substance use problems and adolescent development
    • MHFA and Young People
      • MHFA action plan
      • Things first aiders need to know
      • Communicating effectively with young people
      • Communicating with young people from diverse cultures
      • Young people with histories of abuse/neglect
      • Young people living with intellectual disabilities
      • MHFA for young 2SLGBTQ+ persons


  • MHFA for declining well-being
    • Depression in Young People
    • Anxiety in Young People
    • Feeding and Eating Disorders in Young People
    • Psychosis in Young People
    • Substance Abuse Problems in Young People
    • Warning signs
    • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
    • Self-care after supporting a suicidal person
    • ALGEES method for mood-related disorders
  • MHFA for:
    • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
    • Non-suicidal self-injury
    • Panic attacks
    • Adults affected by a traumatic event
    • Youth affected by a traumatic event
    • Severe psychotic states
    • Severe effects from alcohol use
    • Severe effects from drug use
    • Aggressive behaviours


Choose Your Date

October 22 & 29, November 13 & 20

Terms & Conditions

By registering for this training course, you accept and agree to abide by the following Terms and Conditions:

*REFUND / CANCELLATION / WITHDRAWL POLICY: A strict minimum of 10 registrants in attendance is required for an MHFA course to run. Courses that do not have 10 registrants will be rescheduled. This includes situations where “no-shows” decrease the class attendance to below 10 persons.

Due to the class size and course requirements of MHFA, as set by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, there are no withdrawals, including “no shows’, permitted for MHFA. Full fee applies once registered.

Refunds will only be available in the instance a class is rescheduled due to low registration and a participant is not able to attend the rescheduled date.

For questions or clarification on this policy, please reach out to before registering.

*You acknowledge that the Mental Health Commission of Canada MHCC owns or licenses the intellectual property rights for the content of its training courses. You agree not to copy, distribute, modify, create derivate works from, or otherwise exploit any of the content unless you have express written permission from MHCC to do so.

*You must be at least 16 years of age and a Canadian resident to register for and attend a training course.

*By providing your email address to us, you expressly consent to receive emails from us; however, you may unsubscribe from this service at any time. We may use email to communicate with you, to send information that you have requested or to send information about other products and services developed or offered by the MHCC or The Expert Talk.

*You agree that the information provided by you during registration is accurate and current. You must keep your access credentials private and confidential. You are solely responsible for any use and misuse of your account, and you must promptly notify the MHCC of any known or suspected unauthorized use of your account. You must not use a false email address, impersonate any person or entity, or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person when creating an account or accessing a training course.

*Information covered in the training course relates to the topic of mental health and suicide and may be sensitive for some users. If you have been recently bereaved by suicide or feel that now is not the right time for you to complete this training course, consider your wellbeing before registering for or attending a session.

*The training courses are for individual use only. The training course is not to be displayed in a classroom or group setting and you must not record any part of the training course.

*To attend the training course, you must have access to a working camera, microphone and speakers or earphones during each session.

*You agree to keep anything that is shared by participants during the training course strictly confidential. Screenshots or pictures of the material or participants may not be taken during the course.

*You agree to indemnify and hold harmless MHCC, The Expert Talk, and/or your MHFA instructor/facilitator against all claims or liability asserted against MHCC, The Expert Talk, and/or your MHFA instructor/facilitator arising out of or in connection with any breach by you of any of these Terms and Conditions.

*MHCC’s website Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, Acceptable Use Policy, and Social Media Policy (collectively “Website Terms and Conditions”) are incorporated into these Terms and Conditions and apply to your use of the training courses. The Website Terms and Conditions are available at

To the extent of any conflict or inconsistency between these Terms and Conditions and the Website Terms and Conditions with respect to the training courses, these Terms and Conditions will prevail.