Mental Health First Aid - Police
MHFA Police is an adaptation of the MHFA Basic course that is tailored to the needs of police. MHFA Police focuses on improving police interactions where mental health may be an issue.
If you are in distress, you can text WELLNESS to 741741 at any time. If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency department.
Participants build the knowledge, skills, and confidence to respond effectively to someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue or crisis.
The course is intended for police services and their support staff across Canada. It is delivered through 30 minutes of online learning followed by 8 hours in-class.
Course Topics: Pre-Classroom, Online.
MHFA Police was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in collaboration with police officers and mental health experts from across Canada. If you would like more information on training, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Topics: Pre-Classroom, Online
• Current situation: Frequency of police interactions with those in our community living with a mental health issue
• Challenge for Police: How to intervene to achieve positive outcomes?
• Course aims and objectives
• Mental Health Acts by Province
• Guiding documents
• Pre-Course Survey
In the MHFA course, you will gain a solid understanding of the 6 basic actions of ALGEES:
Approach the person, assess the situation
Listen actively and communicate non-judgementally
Give support and information
Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help
Encourage other supports
Self-care for the first aider
ALGEES is the framework for having a confident conversation about mental health with family, friends, colleagues and strangers.
2. ALGEES Action
3. ALGEES in Action
4. Crisis Situations
5. Next Steps