Mental Health First Aid (STANDARD)

MHFA Standard –  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.

This course focuses on adults- statistics, treatments and ways to support adults. 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.

Course Objectives

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 supports
  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis
  • Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being


Module 1: Self-Directed

  • Introduction to the course
  • Introduction to MHFA actions

Module 2: Virtual Classroom

  • Practice applying MHFA actions to situations of declining mental well-being
  • Guidelines for MHFA conversations with people from diverse cultures and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community

Module 3 Virtual Classroom

  • Discussion on using MHFA actions for self-care
  • Practice using MHFA actions in crisis situations

Method of Instruction

This 8-hour course opens with a self-directed module (Module 1) that focuses on the information and strategies that participants will discuss and practice throughout the virtual classroom modules (Modules 2 and 3).

Course participants are required to complete Module 1 and submit proof of completion to the instructor 48 hours before participating in Module 2 and 3.
Upon registration, participants will receive the “MHFA Participant Reference Guide” that outlines MHFA actions for developing mental health and substance use problems, and mental health and substance use crises.

Please note: failure to complete Module #1 and submit proof of completion to the Mental Health Commission prior to the due date below will not permit you to continue in the training and there will not be a refund granted once registration closes.                                                                                                             

Please note: participants must complete all 3 modules in full to receive their certificate.

Facilitator – Tracey Marshall

Tracey is the President of Threat Management Matters Inc.  She has over 20 years of law enforcement experience with the Toronto Police Service and the Durham Regional Police Service, serving most recently as a Detective in the Threat Assessment Unit.  She has specialized training in the field of Threat Assessment and is qualified as an expert in the field.

Tracey has experience with the examination and analysis of investigative cases including Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Criminal Harassment, Threatening Correspondence, Threats to Judiciary and Public Officials, School Violence and Workplace Violence.

Tracey provides Mental Health First Aid Training, as well as training on Domestic Violence, Criminal Harassment/Stalking, Threat Assessment and Case Management to audiences including Police Officers, Social Services and Victim Advocacy Groups.


Location: online- once registration and payment is complete you will be provided the link to the training platform

Textbook: Once registration is complete we will connect you with the MHFA Trainer (Tracey Marshall) for your textbook code closer to the start date of the course.

Course Registration Number # and Dates:

CRN # 16064- Friday, April 9th - (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) & (2 hours independent work/quiz PRIOR to APRIL 6th)- details provided after payment                            (CLOSING REGISTRATION before April 2nd)

CRN # 14776- Friday, May 7th - CANCELLED

CRN # 14777- Friday, June 11th - CANCELLED

Cost:  $225 plus HST  (once registration closes there will not be a refund as course codes and documents are purchased)

To register, call 905.721.3000 and have the course code (CRN)

Payment required at the time of registration




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