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Become a Mental Health First Aider

Did you know that you can become a certified mental health first responder? Knowing more about mental illness and having a better understanding about mental health means we can better support ourselves, those we love, live and work with, or even people we walk by on the street every day. Not only can you make a difference in someone’s life, but you can potentially save a life with skills developed from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

Register HERE for one of our 3 upcoming public workshops and become certified.

Space is limited! See below for workshop details:

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

When: January 19 & 20, 2022. 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. (Please note: you must attend both full days to receive certification)

Where: CMHA York Region South Simcoe Vaughan: 8271 Keele St. Unit 2, Concord, L4K 1Z1

Every year close to 3,700 people in Canada die by suicide. Though not all suicides can be prevented, some strategies can help reduce the risk, such as early recognition of the signs of suicidal thinking and offering appropriate intervention. This two-day interactive workshop will teach you how to identify and provide emergency support, increase safety, reduce risk and promote wellness and recovery for those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours. You will learn how to navigate societal and personal attitudes of suicide, recognize invitations for and develop skills for intervention.


Mental Health First Aid Basic

When: January 26 & 27, 2022. 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. (Please note: you must attend both full days to receive certification)

Where: CMHA York Region South Simcoe Vaughan: 8271 Keele St. Unit 2, Concord, L4K 1Z1

MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces.


***NEW: Mental Health First Aid Supporting Youth VIRTUAL

When: January 27 & 28, 2022. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (Modules 2 & 3. Module 1 to be completed at least 48 hours prior to Modules 2 & 3. Please note: you must complete all 3 modules to receive certification)

Mental health and substance use disorders often start in adolescence or early adulthood. When these disorders start at this stage in life, they can affect the young person’s education, movement into occupational roles, forming of key social relationships and of healthy habits related to eating, sleeping, and substance use.  This is why it is so important to detect problems early and ensure the person is properly supported. The course is designed for members of the public who have frequent contact with young people (ages 12 to 24), for example, parents and guardians, school staff, sports coaches, and youth workers.


This is a 10 hour course divided into 3 modules. Module 1 is self-directed and modules 2 & 3, are facilitated by a trainer via zoom. Module 1 instructions for completion to be sent one-week prior to virtually facilitated modules 2 & 3 sessions on January 27 and 28.


Need more info? OR would you like to arrange a private training for your workplace or organization?

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Call or email: Danielle Luciano, Program Administrator, Community Education & Training Program: 705.890.7041 or

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