One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point during their life. The earlier it is detected and treated, the better the outcome. The Wellness Body and Spa wants you to get this valuable information.
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. Mental Health First Aid 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.
The following mental health problems are covered:
Mood disorders, Anxiety disorders, Psychosis, and Substance Use Disorder
The following mental health crisis situations are covered:
Suicidal behavior, Overdoses, Panic Attacks, Reactions to traumatic events, and Psychotic episodes
Sue Fortune MSc is a certified instructor of Mental Health First Aid through the Mental Health Commission of Canada and a Registered Counsellor with the Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
The Wellness Body and Spa is offering this affordable, evidence based 12 hour workshop over two days: Sunday January 7 and 14. To register text Sue Fortune at 403.966.1122. Space is limited.
The Wellness Body and Spa wants you to have the confidence and knowledge to support a person experiencing mental health problems and/or crisis. The Wellness Body and Spa is committed to breaking down the stigma families face when experiencing a mental health problem.