Training & Workshops

Mental Health First Aid

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 administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

The MHFA program aims to improve mental health literacy, and 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. It does teach people how to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  • Provide initial help.
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

MHFA 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.
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem.

The University of Manitoba provides the 2-day MHFA for Adults who Interact with Youth, which is suitable for adults who interact primarily with youth (ages 12-24), free to all UM staff and faculty.

Additional Mental Health and Wellness-Focused Workshop Topics*

  • Supporting Students in Distress
  • Supporting Faculty/Staff in Distress
  • Coping Strategies
  • Stress
  • Self-Care
  • Mental Health in the Classroom
  • Creating a Mentally Healthy Classroom
  • Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Creating a Workplace Wellness Charter

* Other topics available upon request

For more information about upcoming Mental Health First Aid courses and other health- & wellness- focused workshops, contact Arlana Vadnais at