The MCA Sunshine Fund is now an authorized provider of Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth.
Mental Health First Aid Canada teaches first aid skills to help someone who is developing mental health problems or is experiening a mental health crisis.
Anyone can benefit from learning Mental Health First Aid. Mental health problems will affect one in three Canadians at some point in their life. Chances are you know someone who needs help.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved. The concept is based on the model of medical first aid.
What is the purpose?
- Identify when a person may be a danger to themselves or to others and take steps to preserve life.
- Recognize the early signs of mental health problmes and provide help to prevent more serious problems from developing.
- Provide comfort to someone with a mental health problem and support them in recovery of their mental health.
- Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.