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OPS - Mental Health First Aid Basic Session (Ottawa)

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OPS - Mental Health First Aid Basic Session (Ottawa)


Mental Health First Aid Basic is a two-day program developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and offered to OPS employees across the province. MHFA 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 teaches people how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, provide initial help, and guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

 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


Course outline


Session One: Mental Health and Stigma

Session Two: Substance-Related Disorders

Session Three: Mood-Related Disorders

Session Four: Anxiety and Trauma Related Disorders

Session Five: Psychotic Disorders


Learning Objectives:

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



Map 347 Preston St., Ottawa, Canada
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