MHFA STANDARD (VIRTUAL)

The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that one in every five Canadians experiences a mental health or substance use problem within a given year. While people often know a lot about physical illness, most people have less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems.

Mental Health First Aid Standard (Virtual) is an 8-hour course. It opens with a self-directed module (Module 1) that focuses on the information and strategies that participants will discuss and practice throughout the virtual classroom modules (Modules 2 and 3).

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Participants of Mental Health First Aid Standard (Virtual) will learn how to:

  • Recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health or substance use crisis
  • Have conversations that encourage a person to:
    • Talk about their mental well-being
    • Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being
    • Reach out to these supports
  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis situation
  • Check in with one’s own mental well-being and take action as needed

Mental Health First Aid Standard (Virtual) topics include:

  • Module 1: Self-Directed
    • Introduction to the course
    • Introduction to MHFA actions
  • Module 2: Virtual Classroom
    • Practice applying MHFA actions to situations of declining mental well-being
    • Guidelines for MHFA conversations with people from diverse cultures and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community
  • Module 3 Virtual Classroom
    • Discussion on using MHFA actions for self-care
    • Practice using MHFA actions in crisis situations

Email or call me at (604) 684 – 0584 to schedule a training for your organization.


If you are experiencing a mental health EMERGENCY or CRISIS,

  • call 911, go to the nearest emergency room or follow the emergency instructions provided by your doctor, mental health professional or care team. If your community has a mental health car, you can call 911 to request it.
  • call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) to get help right away, any time of day or night. It’s a free call.

If you are in distress,

  • call 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number) 24 hours a day to connect to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. The crisis lines linked in through 310-6789 have received advanced training in mental health issues and services by members of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.

For children and youth aged 5 to 20,

  • call Kid’s Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 to speak to a professional counsellor, 24 hours a day. It’s free, confidential, anonymous and available across Canada. They can also refer you to local services and resources. Kid’s Help Phone is available in English and French.

In a mental health NON-EMERGENCY,

  • visit heretohelp.bc.ca for info sheets and personal stories about mental illnesses.
  • call 811 or visit http://www.healthlinkbc.ca to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health information. Through 811, you can also speak to a registered nurse about symptoms you’re worried about, or talk with a pharmacist about medication questions.
  • call BC Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service at 1-800-663-1441 (or 604-660-9382 in Greater Vancouver) to talk to someone about substance use. They can also connect you with local substance use resources. It’s available 24 hours a day.