According to Public Health Canada, “Mental illness is experienced by 1 in 3 Canadians during their lifetime. Many of us are affected by it either directly or indirectly through family, friends or colleagues.”
A person skilled in Mental Health First Aid can make an immediate difference, by providing initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
This 12-hour course leads to a certificate from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and teaches participants practical and evidence-based skills in order to provide mental health first aid.
MHFA training will teach the participants to:
- Reduce stigma towards those experiencing mental health problems
- Recognize the symptoms, signs and risks associated with common mental health problems
- Engage confidently if a person may be in crisis or at risk of harm
- Guide a person toward appropriate professional help
- Provide immediate assistance to prevent the mental health problem from becoming more serious
Who should attend?
Everyone can benefit from MHFA Canada training – members of the general public, caregivers, teachers, health services providers, university students, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resource professionals, employers, community groups.
Facilitated by: Sue-Ann Maislin and Susan Kagan
Cost: $195.00 per person, including the MHFA Manual, refreshments, lunch and parking. Pleaser contact the facilitators to register.
Sue-Ann Maislin: [email protected]; 416-902-0873 or Susan Kagan – [email protected]; 416-458-0326
About the facilatators:
With over 15 years’ experience as a mental health educator and counselling professional, Sue-Ann is passionate about improving mental health outcomes and reducing stigma and other barriers, for individuals, families, communities and the workplace. As the owner of Sue-Ann Maislin Consultants, she has successfully partnered with leading employers, municipalities, advocacy groups and health professionals to advance mental health education across Canada. Sue-Ann obtained her Master’s in Counselling Psychology and Adult Education from the University of Toronto. To learn more about Sue-Ann visit www.sueannmaislin.com.
Susan is a registered nurse with over 40 years of experience as an educator and practitioner in the health care sector. She has devoted most of her career to teaching in the Seneca/York collaborative BScN nursing program (retired June, 2016). Her areas of specialization are psychiatric-mental health nursing and women's health care particularly related to violence against women.
Susan cares about people and their health and well-being. She seeks to understand people's feelings and their behaviour. It is this concern for people that has guided her career and passion for learning and education.
Susan earned a bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Western Ontario. After many years of teaching she returned to school and earned a master's and doctoral degree education at the University of Toronto - OISE. Currently she is working on the mental health crisis team at the Mackenzie Health Centre as well as facilitating groups at the Cedar Centre (formerly York Region Abuse Program). She also is involved in volunteer work that focuses on providing care and services to the homeless in the City of Toronto.