Mental Health First Aid Course

We’re offering a certification course in Mental Health First Aid!

Two Day Course taught by Sue Fortune, M.Sc. Psych, Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer

Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, Mental Health First Aid is given until appropriate support is found or the crisis has been resolved. MHFA will teach you the skills you need to provide that early support and equip you with the knowledge to recognize and respond to someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

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

MHFA shares the same overall purpose as traditional first aid – to save lives. It aims to:

  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem

Topics covered include: mood, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders; psychosis and psychotic events; panic attacks; overdoses; suicidal behavior; and reactions to traumatic events.

Dates: Two 2-day sessions available:

June 8 & 9, 2019 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

September 7 & 8, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $160 + GST

Registration: Pre-register at least 10 days in advance, as the course needs a minimum of 8 participants to run, with a maximum of 12.

Location: SkyBlue Studio at Varsity Natural Health Center – 102, 4616 Valiant Drive NW, Calgary

Additional Information: Visit the Mental Health Commission of Canada website for additional course details

Call the front desk at 403-202-8658 to register or for more information.

Testimonials from Particpants

“Sue, thank you again for the boost in my life and perceptions. Both have seen a noticeable trajectory of change.”  AH

“Sue is a 10/10 on how well  she presented the MHFA course.”

“Sue is an excellent instuctor, this was a very comfortable course, the enviroment allowed expression of thoughts, questions and lived experiences.”

“Really good course and information.  Every person should have this course.”

“The class size allows for safe disclosure, a safe environment.”

From the Mental Health Commission of Canada

Hi Sue,

I have reviewed the feedback from your courses and want to commend you on the consistently positive comments received from participants.  Participants have left your courses with an improved understanding of MH problems and how they can be a better support.  Participants have appreciated the knowledge and experience shared with them to further their learning.

Thank you for making a difference with every course you deliver.

Take care,

Mental Health First Aid Canada