Mental Health First Aid (Saskatoon)

Mental Health First Aid (Saskatoon)

Learning Objectives

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis.

Course participants will learn how to recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis and encourage that person to:

  • Talk about declines in their mental well-being

  • Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being

  • Reach out to these support

  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis

  • Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being


Course Outline

Section 1: Mental Health & Stigma

  • What is MHFA?

  • Why is MHFA needed and what is the role of a first aider?

  • Key terms, language, and concepts

  • Impact of stigma on mental well-being

  • The range of changes that may indicate a decline in mental well-being

  • Introduction to MHFA Actions – ALGEES

Section 2: Substance-Related Disorders

  • What is a substance-related disorder?

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Risk factors

  • MHFA for substance-related problems

  • Crisis first aid for overdose

  • Treatment and resources

Section 3: Mood-Related Disorders

  • What is a mood-related disorder?

  • Types of mood-related disorders

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Risk factors

  • Substance use and mood disorders

  • Suicide in Canada

  • MHFA for mood-related problems

  • Reasons for non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI)

  • MHFA for non-suicidal self-injury

  • Treatment and resources

Section 4: 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

Section 5: Psychotic Disorders

  • What is a psychotic disorder?

  • Types of psychotic disorders

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Risk factors

  • Substance use and psychotic disorders

  • Crisis first aid for psychotic episodes