First aid training helps caregivers

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is asking Canadians to make a mental health first aid course part of their new year’s resolution.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is asking Canadians to make a mental health first aid course part of their new year’s resolution.

The course has the same purpose as traditional first aid – to save lives – and more than 47,000 Canadians have taken the training.

Nearly two million Canadians have a diagnosed mental disorder and another 1.6 million have a mental disorder that is undiagnosed.

Mental health first aid teaches participants how to provide initial help for someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Participants learn about specific problems including signs and symptoms, risk factors and how to assist the individual in finding professional help.

A basic training course is offered as well as a course for people who interact with youth.

To find a course, please go to www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca.