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Program Overview

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to help people provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The philosophy behind MHFA is that a mental health crisis, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, may be avoided through early intervention. If a crisis does arise, an MHFA trained person in the workplace can take action that may reduce the harm that could result. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.


Nancy Gibbs-Keithlin

Nancy Gibbs-Keithlin MSW RSW is a Registered Social Worker who has worked at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph for over 20 years. Nancy holds an Honours Bachelor Degree of Applied Science (Gerontology) from the University of Guelph and completed her Masters of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Full bio here

Who is this for?

Healthcare workers who engage with clients that might be developing a mental health problem or are experiencing a mental health crisis.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Gain an increased awareness of signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems.
Have greater confidence when interacting with individuals experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.
Understand the tools to provide assistance to individuals in crisis or experiencing a mental health problem.

“This program gave me the tools to recognize signs of decline in mental well-being of friends and coworkers. It also allowed me to know how to discuss professional and other supports that could help them with recovery or improved mental well-being.”

– Program Participant

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Course Schedule Details

Start Date
Course Details
June 11, 2024
8:30 am
Mental Health First Aid
St. Joseph's Life Care, Brantford - Boardroom

8:30am – 4:30pm
+ 4hrs pre-work online

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