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Workplace Mental Health

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis.

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Empowering Organizations and Employees and Individuals

In today’s world, understanding and supporting mental health is as crucial as addressing physical health. Opening Minds offers transformative Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses, designed to demystify mental health and substance use challenges.

Our courses are a gateway to creating a more empathetic, supportive, and stigma-free environment in your workplace, organization or community.

Transform Your Workplace with Mental Health First Aid

“The well-being of our coworkers, our communities, our families, and ourselves has never been more important. The Mental Health First Aid training has taught us how to be more confident when supporting those around us.”

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Why Choose MHFA from Opening Minds?

  • Enhanced Awareness: Gain vital insights to recognize early signs of mental well-being decline.
  • Open Communication: Develop the skills to discuss mental health openly and without fear.
  • Comprehensive Knowledge: Learn about various professional and informal supports for recovery and mental well-being.
  • Confidence Building: Boost confidence in reaching out and utilizing available support systems.
  • Crisis Management: Acquire essential tools to assist effectively during mental health or substance use crises.
  • Self-Care Skills: Understand and apply MHFA actions to maintain your own mental wellness.
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Comprehensive Course Outline for Maximum Impact

Course Structure Tailored for Impact

  • Module 1: Self-Directed (2 Hours): An introductory module that lays the foundation of MHFA actions.
  • Module 2: Live Classroom (3.5 hours): Focuses on applying MHFA actions in scenarios of declining mental well-being and adapting conversations for diverse groups.
  • Module 3: Live Classroom (3.5 hours): Enhances skills in crisis management and highlights the importance of self-care.

Empowering Through ALGES Participants will learn the five core actions of ALGEE:

  • Assess the risk of suicide and/or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance
  • Encourage professional support
  • Self- Care 

Flexible Class Sizes for Optimal Learning

  • Virtual Classes: Intimate sessions of 8 to 15 participants.
  • In-Person Classes: Engaging experiences for 8 to 25 participants.

Comprehensive Crisis Management Training MHFA equips participants to better handle:

  • Suicidal behavior
  • Panic attacks
  • Overdoses
  • Acute stress reactions
  • Psychotic episodes

Every Industry is Unique; learn more about our customized program offerings. Take the first step towards a healthier organization by equipping your team with the skills to support mental health and well-being while navigating your industry’s distinct challenges.

Together, let’s build a more supportive, resilient, and healthy workplace.

With Mental health first aid, you can learn to support the needs of specific groups


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Become a certified Mental Health First Aid facilitator. Join our program and learn to train others to provide much-needed support.

MHFA Police

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MHFA Police is tailored to the needs of police. It focuses on improving police interactions where mental health may be an issue.

MHFA Northern Peoples

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A Mental Health First Aid course tailored to reflect the values used to guide Indigenous ways of living.

MHFA Inuit

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A course designed by Inuit, for Inuit and for those who work with Inuit.

MHFA First Nations

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Mental Health First Aid First Nations is a spark that awakens the courage to have open and honest conversations about mental health with family, friends, and others. It is part of a larger journey that helps strengthen the connections within communities.

MHFA Older Adults

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Increase the capacity to promote mental health and prevent mental illness and suicide in older adults and to intervene early when problems first emerge.

MHFA Supporting Youth

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The course is designed for members of the public who have frequent contact with young people (ages 12 to 24), for example, parents and guardians, school staff, sports coaches, and youth workers.

MHFA Veteran Community

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This course is designed to increase skills and confidence to engage in effective conversations about mental health in the Veteran community.

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