Mental Health Supporting Youth Certification

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Mental Health First Aid Supporting Youth​

Our youth are struggling with mental health more than ever.

Mental Health First Aid – Supporting Youth will help you and your team identify emerging issues and know exactly the right steps to take, so the kids you work with can get the help they need ASAP.


Needs Assessment Will Cover

  • Demographics of the kids you work with

  • Staff size & demographics

  • Current staff knowledge of & experience with supporting mental health

  • Mental health programs/policies/supports currently in place 

  • Any problems/trends/ experiences of particular concern  (to determine best potential instructor match)

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If I sprain my ankle, chances are you’ll know what to do.
If I have a panic attack, chances are you won’t.

We recognize that you want to make a difference in the lives of the kids you work with. Before you can make a difference, you need a strong and trusting connection with them.


It can be difficult to differentiate adolescent behaviour from  signs that something else is going on, and knowing that can make you question your own gut instincts.

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Adolescence or early adulthood is when mental health and substance use disorders often start.

Being able to recognize the signs and getting them the help  the need will stop kids from struggling longer than they have to. Learn how to get them to open up and what resources to turn to.


This course was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and is taught by certified instructors. 

It is now available virtually for the first time.

Your entire team is a part of the support network for each and every kid you work with. Together, you can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, and can offer a critical lifeline to the ones who need it most.

Contact us today to book your training so your team can stop feeling helpless, and can start feeling confident that they know exactly what to do.

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How IT Works


1. Enroll

Choose your virtual training date

2. learn

Complete a self-directed online
module within 2 weeks of your live training stat date. (approximately 2 hours)

3. train

Attend live online training with a certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor. (Two 4-hour sessions)

From the Mental Health Commission of Canada …

Mental health and substance use disorders often start in adolescence or early adulthood. When these disorders start at this stage in life, they can affect the young person’s education, movement into occupational roles, forming of key social relationships and of healthy habits related to eating, sleeping, and substance use. This is why it is so important to detect problems early and ensure the person is properly supported.


The course is designed for members of the public who have frequent contact with young people (ages 12 to 24), for example, parents and guardians, school staff, sports coaches, and youth workers. It is most relevant in situations when it is first becoming apparent to an adult that a young person in their family, classroom, or other network is developing a mental health problem. However, the course also provides some useful information on how to assist a young person who has a history of a mental illness or longer-term mental health and/or substance use problems, as well as how to support a young person in crisis.


MHFA – Supporting Youth Course Content

Day 1 (Module 1) Self-Directed Online
(2 hrs)

This self-guided module will introduce you to the information and strategies that will be discussed and practiced during the instructor-led classes.  Module must be complete no later than three days prior to Day 2.

  • What is Mental Health First Aid?
  • MHFA Action Plan
  • ALGEES in Action
  • Developing Helpful Knowledge, Attitudes & Behaviours
  • Closing Activity
  • Quiz

Day 2 (Module 2) Live Online with Instructor (4 hrs)

Day 2 focuses on Mental Health First Aid for declining wellbeing.  Participants will learn how to assess changes in behaviour and will practice critical skills for starting a conversation with someone they’re concerned about, listening non-judgmentally, and determining if further support or resources are necessary.

  • Role of a Mental Health First Aider
  • MHFA Action Steps (ALGEES)
  • Assessing the Situation + Self-Awareness Activity
  • Communicating Respectfully & Possible Challenges
  • Case Studies & Debrief
  • Signs of Declining Wellbeing

Day 3 (Module 3) Live Online with Instructor (4 hrs)

Day 3 covers Mental Health First Aid for crisis situations including panic attacks, suicidal ideation, overdose, and psychotic episodes. Participants will also learn the importance of self-care for themselves after supporting someone with their mental health or a mental health crisis.

  • Challenges to Providing
  •  Mental Health First Aid
  • Breakout Activity & Debrief
  • Crisis Situations
  • Safety Plans
  • Group Work & Debrief – Crisis Scenarios
  • Self-Care for First Aider
  • Closing Activity & Next Steps to Keep Learning


Only $365 Per Person

Inclusion & Bonuses

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Access to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) 200+ page quick reference guide that includes signs & symptoms, risk factors, and first aid steps for each  of the mental health problems covered in the course

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10-point checklist to develop or check your own company policy for dealing with mental health problems. 

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Organizations will receive one copy of the MHCCs print reference guide to keep on-site so it’s handy
for anyone who needs it. 

Value $45

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The following resources will be available to your team AND to the parents of all the kids you work with. Because when a mental health concern comes up, we all need to be speaking the same language

  • 40-minute overview video of basic course concepts
  • 45-minute video on anxiety in youth – what it looks like, what it feels like, and how to help them dial anxiety down in the moment
  • Conversation Starters Guide – use these questions, broken down by section of the course, to start mental health conversations with someone you’re concerned about


 Value $78

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Get a Mental Health First Aider badge to add to your website, promotional materials, and other

Do you work with adults?

Learn to identify emerging issues in people you work with and care about, and learn the right steps to take so your colleagues, friends, and loved ones can get the help they need.


Meet Your Instructors

We work with a network of instructors across the country to meet your geographical, scheduling, and experience needs. 

Here are some of the facilitators available to work with your team … 

Mental health standard certification Pamela Hansen

Pamela Hansen

Mental health standard certification Jen Donovan

Jen Donovan

Mental health standard certification Heather Beaton

Heather Beaton

Mental health standard certification Angele D’Alessio

Angele D’Alessio

Mental health certification Mylaine Tsaprailis​​

Mylaine Tsaprailis​

Mental health standard certification Lisa

Lisa Daugharty

Mental health certification Kris Porlier​

Kris Porlier

Mental Health Youth Certification
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