Training for mental health first aid being offered

Press Release

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Just as physical first aid is administrated to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or the crisis is resolved.
The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, as well as provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend, or a colleague.
The program does not teach people how to be therapists. Rather, it teaches how to:
•recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems;
•provide initial help; and
•guide a person towards appropriate professional help.
The MHFA shares the same overall purpose as traditional first aid–to save lives.
It aims to:
•preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others;
•provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state;
•promote the recovery of good mental health; and
•provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental problem.
On Feb. 12-13, MHFA training was held at Seine River First Nation, where youths, elders, homemakers, and health/social staff were among the ones who took the 12-hour course co-ordinated by local community health representative Frances Kabatay.
Congratulation are extended to Lila Boshkaykin, Cheryl Buckshot, Caitlin Johnson, Natalie Johnson, Frances Kabatay, Shelly Kabatay, Susie Langille, Elaine McGillis, Dave Spencer, Norma Spencer, Roger Spencer, Janet C. Spoon, Veronica Whitecrow, and Doris Willie for completing the training.
Thanks to the Chiefs of Ontario for sponsoring this training for the community, as it generally is not offered for free.