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mental health first aid


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.

Instructor, Taryn O’Flanagan, delivers MHFA Basic, a 12-hour 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 are learned:

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


To Be Determined

For more information about MHFA and/or to register for an upcoming course, please email
Taryn O’Flanagan at or call (250)-882-7658.

Find out more about the Mental Health Commission of Canada here.

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