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Thompson Rivers University 50th Anniversary
Thompson Rivers University 50th Anniversary

Mental Health Association

XMHC Mental Health First Aid

  • Thursday and Friday, Feb. 20-21, 2020 — 9:00-3:30
  • Tuesday to Friday, April 14-17, 2020 — 9:00-12:00
  • $265

About one in five Canadians is living with a mental health problem in any given year. Some mental health problems are more common than many physical health problems. While people often know a lot about physical illness, most people have little knowledge about mental illness. This lack of understanding promotes fear and stigma. It prevents people from seeking help early and seeking the most effective help. It also keeps people from providing appropriate support to friends, colleagues, family members and people around them, simply because they do not know how. MHFA Canada teaches mental health first aid skills. The course does not train people to be therapists, counsellors or mental health professionals. The philosophy behind MHFA Canada is that mental health crises, such as suicide, may be avoided through early intervention. If crises do arise, then members of the public can take action that may reduce the harm that could result.

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