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MHFA Supporting Older Adults

Course Details

Course Type





15 Slots


$249 CAD

Session Date Session Time Session Notes
August 20, 2024 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT

Course Details

Course Information

To register for this course please go to: https://mentalhealthtrainer.ca/virtual-mental-health-first-aid-standard-certification/#mhfa-adults

******This event is available in Eastern, Pacific, Central, Atlantic and Mountain time zones.*******

For more date options: https://mentalhealthtrainer.ca/virtual-mental-health-first-aid-standard-certification/#mhfa-adults

*To book a group please email: Canada’s Mental Health Trainer, Yvette Murray info@mentalhealthtrainer.ca 

Testimonials: https://mentalhealthtrainer.ca/testimonials/


The MHFA Supporting Older Adults course is designed for people who have frequent contact with older adults, for example, family members, friends, public and private caregivers, community health workers, and volunteers. This program is accessible online anywhere throughout Canada.

Kim will offer you a down to earth, engaging, informative, and supportive training space.

She can be reached at: info@mentalhealthtrainer.ca

Course Objectives

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person who may be experiencing a crisis or a decline in their mental well-being. The course is designed for people who have frequent contact with older adults, for example, family members, friends, public and private caregivers, community health workers, and volunteers.

Course participants will learn how to:

  • recognize signs that an older adult may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a crisis
  • have conversations that encourage an older adult to:

– talk about declines in their mental well-being
– discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery
– reach out to these supports

  • assist with helpful actions in a mental health or substance use crisis
  • use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being.


This 10-hour course opens with a self-directed module (Module 1) that focuses on the information and strategies that participants will discuss and practice throughout the virtual classroom modules (Modules 2 and 3). Upon registration, participants receive a link to the “MHFA – Supporting Older Adults Reference Guide” that outlines MHFA actions for assisting people who might be developing mental health and substance use problems or undergoing mental health crises.


The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan

Things that a first aider needs to know to help an older adult:
– The relationship between mental health problems and aging
– Signs of declining mental well-being and of crisis situations
– Helpful resources for older adults living with a mental health and/or substance use problem and the people who care for these individuals
– How to communicate effectively with older adults, including those from marginalized populations
– Roles and responsibilities of people who assist an older adult

Practise applying MHFA actions to:
– Common disorders: anxiety, depression, or substance use problems
– Crisis situations: suicidal thoughts and behaviours, onset of dementia, reaction to a traumatic event, or severe effects from substance use.


Register for this course here: https://mentalhealthtrainer.ca/virtual-mental-health-first-aid-standard-certification/#mhfa-adults.

1-2 weeks before the course begins participants will be sent a link to the self-paced learning module, Module 1. Module 1 must be completed in full in order to receive access to the Livestream links.

Please note participants must complete all 3 modules in full to receive their certificate.


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