Mental Health First Aid Certificate


As part of 2017-2019 extension agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ministry of Education provided funding for professional development.  These funds must be utilized before August 2019.  Providing Mental Health First Aid Certificate training has been identified as an ideal personal and professional learning opportunity for CUPE employees. Hence, CUPE4222 and the Board have agreed to use available funds to provide this training.
Why Mental Health First Aid? 
One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point during their life. Early detection and treatment leads to better outcomes. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a 12-hour course from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Mental Health First Aid course gives you the skills you need to provide that early help, that first line of support which is critical for recovery. Just as a physical aid is administered to an injured person, MHFA teaches you how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Course Description: MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces.
What do CUPE 4222 Employees who have taken the course say about it?
·       Great course.
·       The format was very good – group work, good discussions, good examples.
·       Excellent course and lots was learned.
·       I am glad I decided to take the Mental Health First Aid training. 10/10
·       This was a very great course. I am so happy I was able to be a part of.
·       Very good course. I learned a lot and it was delivered very well.
When is the next opportunity to take Mental Health First Aid Training? 
1.       July 8 – 9, 2019  Location: Education Centre 1250 Dundas Street
2.       July 15 – 16, 2019  Location: Education Centre 1250 Dundas Street
This is supported by all custodial and maintenance managers as well as HR admin.If you are not receiving support from your supervisor please contact the office at 519.453.4222.
How can you register for the session? 
Logging in through the Employee Portal > Conference/Session Registrations> “Mental Health First Aid Basic Certification CUPE 4222 ONLY”.  CUPE 4222 staff who are working in July and interested to participating in this opportunity, are requested to discuss with their supervisor, before registering.
Please contact Alexander Legwegoh at 519.452.2000 ext. 20263 or Charlene Hofbauer at 519.452.2000 ext. 20506.