Mental Health First Aid

MHFA Standard (Virtual) is now available through NSILC! 

Funding opportunities for this training are available through the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy  (Deadline to apply: December 31, 2020) and the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

MHFA is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved.

You can find a full description of MHFA on the Mental Health First Aid Canada Website.

Who can benefit from taking this course?

Everyone! Mental Health First Aid is intended for all Canadians. Since 2007, MHFA has been offered in every sector and region of the country, encompassing friends and families of individuals with a mental illness or addiction, workplaces, primary care, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, government, construction, youth and community development programs, first responders, and many others.

​MHFA in the workplace

In a recent major Canadian study, 82% of responding organizations ranked mental health conditions in their top three causes of short term disability (72% for long-term). 30% of all short and long term disability claims are due to mental health problems and illnesses. The average responding organization reported spending more than $10.5 million annually on absence claims. In 2011, lost productivity due to absenteeism and presenteeism (present but less than fully productive at work) due to mental health problems and illnesses was approximately $6 Billion.

Key benefits of a mentally healthy workplace

Employers who set a strategic direction for improving mental health are rewarded with dramatic cost and effectiveness benefits, enjoying significant and sustainable enhancements in:

  • Productivity: Happy and psychologically healthy employees work harder and more efficiently

  • Cost Savings due to Disability and Absenteeism: There is a strong link between mental health, physical well-being, and injury prevention

  • Operational Success: Mentally healthy workplaces are characterized by higher levels of employee motivation, commitment, innovation, and creativity, as well as fewer errors, better decision making, and improved planning.

  • Recruitment and Retention: Top candidates today are looking for a workplace that supports their personal and professional growth.

  • Conflict Reduction: Better mental health among employees means fewer grievances and complaints and a stronger corporate reputation

  • Operational Success: Mentally healthy workplaces are characterized by higher levels of employee motivation, commitment, innovation, and creativity, as well as fewer errors, better decision making, and improved planning.

Registration Information

MHFA Standard (Virtual) is a nationally recognized workshop involving 2 hours of self-directed study, and 6 hours of virtual classroom time. To obtain certification through the Mental Health Commission of Canada, participants must complete the self-directed learning, and attend all 6 hours of virtual classroom instruction. Registration will be accepted up until one week before the training date. Payment is required upon registration. 

Interested in booking a course for your organization? We offer private bookings for groups of 8-15 people. 

For additional information regarding MHFA and other course dates/locations, please contact Ebonie at info@nsilc.com.

Here to register through the Re-open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy? 

Check your eligibility on the Government of Saskatchewan Website. If you qualify, email info@nsilc.com to secure your preferred dates. We'd be happy to help you with your application! 

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