The MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA) BASIC certification course that Cliff taught was full of extremely beneficial knowledge that should be made more widely available to people of all walks of life to learn the skills needed to address mental health issues as they arise. Cliff is clearly passionate about this subject and he has lots of first hand experience helping people in crisis, which made the material more relatable. Cliff is a positive example of a genuinely caring, highly knowledgable and proactive support person. I highly recommend taking the MHFA BASIC course with Cliff and would consider this another vital tool to add to your own ‘life-management tool-kit’.

C. Prins – Nutritionist

One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the better the outcome. 

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Mental Health First Aid Canada is an evidence based program of The Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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.

MHFA training teaches people how to:

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

As a Certified Mental Health First Aid Canada Instructor, I can provide you and your organization with a 12-hour MHFA BASIC course focused on adults interacting with adults in all environments. The course discusses the following mental disorders:

  • Substance related disorders
  • Mood related disorders
  • Anxiety and trauma related disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

Crisis first aid skills for the following situations are learned:

  • Substance overdose
  • Suicidal behaviour
  • Panic attack
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Psychotic episode

Who should take a MHFA BASIC course?

Anyone can benefit from MHFA BASIC training. Families affected by mental health problems, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resources professionals, employers, and community groups are some of the groups who have benefited from MHFA BASIC training.

Email or call me at (604) 684 – 0584 to schedule a private training for your organization or register for a MHFA BASIC training open to the public at Pacific First Aid Ltd. by contacting them at  (604) 638-1228 or

Upcoming public MHFA BASIC training at Pacific First Aid Ltd. include:

  • April 23 & 24, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • May 21 & 22, 2020 (Tentative based upon COVID-19 developments)
  • June 25 & 26, 2020 (Tentative based upon COVID-19 developments)