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Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved.

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Our Mission: 
To make meaningful contributions to the wellness of Canadians through world-class mental health courses.

Our Vision: 
Every Canadian is within reach of effective mental health first aid.  

Our Principles:

We are clear in our words and actions and intend to do the right things for the right reasons to benefit Canadians.

We stand out for excellence in everything we do.

We are committed to engaging stakeholders in good faith as trusted and valued partners.

We believe anyone can be a mental health first aider when enabled with safe and effective tools.   

How MHFA helps

Mental Health First Aid:

  • Engages confidently where a person may be a danger to themselves or others.
  • Provides help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state.
  • Promotes the recovery of good mental health.
  • Provides comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem.

I have gained a greater awareness and understanding of Mental Health issues. I have also gained a confidence within myself as a professional to recognize, empathize and provide supports to individuals with mental health barriers.

Who MHFA is for

Your community

Be confident to provide assistance to your family, friends, and neighbours

Your workplace

Recognize signs and symptoms among colleagues and clients


Bring MHFA to your community, your workplace, and the general public

MHFA Resources

Several months ago, I had the opportunity to participate in Mental Health First Aid training for the first time. It was an eye-opening experience that really made me look inward...
We know these past 4 months have been unusual to say the least. We have all reacted to the worldwide pandemic in our own way, doing the best we can every single day.
A lot of the time when I’m delivering mental health training, people tend to forget or overlook their mental health, because they think it doesn’t affect them.

MHFA Case Studies

Founded in 1983 in Canada, nabs is a unique charity specifically designed to support the health and well-being of all individuals in the media, marketing, and communications industry in Canada.
In 2018, Loblaw started working on being more proactive by providing store managers with the tools they need to respond to mental health crises in the workplace.
“Since the completion of the training, we are now seeing our units being more proactive in initiating discussions and understanding what community resources are available to further support our co-workers.”