Mental Health First Aid

MHFA Canada is an evidence-based training program that is designed, just like traditional first aid, to enable people to recognize symptoms and provide support until professional help can step in. It is an educational course for the public. No experience in mental health is necessary.


Employers and members of the community are taking note of the impact mental health problems have on society and are doing something about it. Human resource officers, teachers, front-line mental health professionals, the general public and people from many other disciplines are training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Canada, a program spearheaded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.


The goal of the course is threefold.
  • Educate participants and help them identify signs of mental health problems in co-workers, friends, family, strangers and even themselves.

  • Teach participants how to support the individual and to help seek appropriate treatment for them.

  • Reduce the stigma of mental illness. More than half of people with mental health problems will be too ashamed to seek treatment.

Excerpt from an article of the same title in “Minding the Workplace”, an insert in the May 2007 edition of Venture Magazine

Mental Health First Aid Training
Upcoming 2020 Training Dates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all MHFA dates for 2020 have been cancelled. Please check here for possible dates for 2021.

Workshop Information

Workshops are $150.00 per person for two days (includes refreshments, manual, and handouts).

  • Full attendance is required in order to receive certification.

  • For further information and for upcoming workshops email:

  • Workshops are held onsite at CFS

  • Group sessions can be booked for your workplace (contact us for details)



To ensure a spot in the workshop payment must be received prior to attending.  Complete the registration form and either email it to or fax it to 905-546-5779,  Attention:  Mental Health First Aid Workshop.


Download Registration Form HERE

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