Mental Health First Aid (Youth)

MHFA Youth – This course focuses on youth between the ages 12-24- statistics, treatments, and ways to support. This course is beneficial for anyone working with youth, parents, teenagers in leadership roles and in schools.  The course teaches participants how to be aware of warning signs and symptoms, how to communicate, offer support and guide individuals in the right direction for help that may be suffering from mood, anxiety, psychotic, eating, substance disorders.

This course is offered to everyone. Anyone can benefit from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). It is open to members of the general public. Families affected by mental health problems, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, front-line workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resources professionals, employers and community groups are just a few of the groups who have benefited from MHFA.

MHFA is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.  The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  • Provide initial help.
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Laffier, is a therapist and Professor with over 20 years working in the mental health field.  She has presented nationally and internationally on topics of mental health, youth, interventions and treatments and education. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and trained in Trauma Counseling, CBT Therapy, Crisis Intervention and Emotional Intelligence.


CRN #12548
Location: Oshawa campus, Room JW201
Date: Saturday, May 4th & Sunday, May 5th, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Current DC student - $110 /Alumni or public - $150

To register, call 905.721.3000 and have the course code (CRN) and your credit card ready.

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