Private courses are available for groups of 8 - 25. Contact us for booking details. 


*Builds mental health literacy*

*Decreases stigmatizing attitudes*

*Helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness* 


Upcoming Courses 2020: To be announced










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. 


Topics Covered:

  • Substance-Related disorders + Crisis Response for an overdose

  • Mood-Related disorders + Crisis Response for suicidal behaviour.

  • Anxiety and Trauma-Related disorders + Crisis Response for a panic attack & Crisis Response for acute stress reaction.

  • Psychotic disorders + Including Crisis Response for a psychotic episode.


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 is a nationally recognized two-day workshop involving twelve hours of instruction.  To obtain certification through the Mental Health Commission of Canada, participants must attend all 12 hours. The cost of attending this MHFA workshop is $175.00 per participant, and the course capacity is 25 participants. Registration will be accepted up until one week before the training date. Payment is required upon registration. Payment can be made via a cheque, cash dropped off at the NSILC office, or e-transfer to


For additional information regarding MHFA and other course dates/locations, please contact Ebonie at 306-715-1554 or

Call Us: (306) 665-5508   /   /  237 5th Ave N Saskatoon, SK S7K 2P2

  • w-facebook
  • Twitter Clean

© 2019 by North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre. All rights reserved.