Workshops / Courses

Increasing mental health awareness, enhancing wellness and reducing stigma starts with all of us. CMHA York and South Simcoe offers our community a comprehensive education and training program designed to give you and those around you, the mechanisms to promote, support and achieve enhanced mental health wellness in your home, in the community and in your workplace.

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, all in-person workshops are postponed until further notice, but we know that you may be worried about others now more than ever. 

That’s why we are helping to promote a new online program called LivingWorkStart – a simple, powerful online training program to help us recognize the signs of suicide and take meaningful action to protect others. To help reach more people with these life-saving skills, LivingWorks is offering this program at a reduced cost and is donating 25% of the proceeds to CMHA York Region South Simcoe to put towards the enhancement of our programs and services, so we can continue to ensure those in our community have access to the mental health support and treatment that they need. No matter who we are, every one of us can make a difference in Suicide Prevention. Sign up here



Looking for more mental health education for your workplace or organization? We have private virtual training opportunities available. For more info, please contact Catherine Matzig, Senior Director, Philanthropy at


Take a look at all of our workshops below or download our full program brochure here.

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Cultural Competency and Inclusive Language

To be culturally competent is to have the ability to build bridges and adapt behaviours across cultural differences, but what does this mean in...
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Living Life to the Fullest

Live happy. Be confident. Worry less. Take some time to focus on your needs, feelings and goals. Living Life to the Full offers you the...
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Make Wellness a Priority

in your life. This interactive workshop will teach you what wellness means and why it matters to your overall mental health. Learn techniques...
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Mental Health 101

provides and understanding of various mental health issues, builds mental health awareness and helps reduce the stigma associated with mental...
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Mental Health Basics

teaches us all how to respond to common mental health challenges. In this workshop, you will hear about real experiences relating to the impact...
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Mental Health First Aid

MHFA Please note that all of our previously scheduled public trainings are postponed until further notice ...
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Mental Health First Aid For Those That Interact With Youth

Become certified, confident and skilled at recognizing early signs of mental health problems. Learn how to identify risks and take steps to...
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Mental Health in the Workplace

will encourage you to examine work/life balance, give you the skills to build personal resiliency, learn some tips for “coaching...
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Mental Health Problems

provides essential information on topics such as substance related issues, mood disorders and anxiety. You will learn how to identify signs and...
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Mental Health Works

A psychologically healthy work environment supports employee engagement, worker health and well-being, recruitment and retention, productivity,...
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Mental Illness and Communication

Mental Illness & Communication teaches us all how to respond to common mental health challenges, avoid pitfalls and tips for handling and communicating...
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Resilient Minds in Tough Times

Increase your mental fitness with , a workshop that will teach you how to better cope with stress, embrace change, gain perspective, overcome...
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Seniors and Depression

The workshop gives seniors and their caregivers the tools to identify and respond to the feelings and behaviours of depression. With an...
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Teens and Mental Health

– Parents and educators – this course is for you. With this workshop, you will gain insight into the mental health challenges of teens...
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Workplace Wellness

Only 32 per cent of Canadian employees feel that their organization’s leadership is taking action to address workplace mental...



Shirley Woods

Shirley’s passion is to reduce the stigma of mental illness, to educate others, and to be part of the change in how we care for ourselves and others. Shirley has been enthusiastically facilitating workshops for the past 20 years and for the past 10 years has focused entirely on mental health and wellness with the Canadian Mental Health Association. She delivers a variety of workshops for both adults and youth including, Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health Works, A.S.I.S.T., Living Life to the Full, CHOICES, Why Try and the Responding with Respect Series of workshops. As an advocate for youth, Shirley delivers workshops in York Region and South Simcoe schools and at youth-serving agencies to promote youth wellness.


Ann Vickery

Ann is a skilled training professional with more than 25 years of experience in the field of training and development. For ten years Ann was National Division Manager and member of the North American Training Team for a Global Fortune 500 corporation, and was an instructor at Seneca College for three. Ann is a Life Coach, and has worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a Mental Health Educator in program development and facilitation since 2008. Ann leads our Workplace Mental Health Program, and is a certified instructor in Mental health First Aid, Living Life to the Full, Mental Health Works, and A.S.I.S.T.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to change your plans after you have registered you may:
Designate a substitute to attend in your place, at no extra cost. Please notify us of the name of the person attending as soon as possible prior to the training date for which you registered. This will allow us to correct our records and minimize confusion at check-in.

Transfer to another workshop, provided that you notify us by fax or email at least 5 business days prior to the training date for which you have registered. We will not consider requests to transfer less than 5 days prior to a training date.

If you fail to attend your scheduled workshop without required notification as outlined above, your fee will be forfeited.

CMHA York Region and South Simcoe reserves the right to cancel or postpone workshops due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather. If a workshop is cancelled, you may transfer to another workshop or receive a full refund. This is the only circumstance under which CMHA will issue a refund.

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