Mental Health First Aid Training

(virtual classroom)

BCCDA invites you to participate in the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) STANDARD online virtual course by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This training is presented by Cliff Thorbes, HTR, CCDP, and MHFA Canada Facilitator.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that one in every five Canadians experiences a mental health problem within a given year. While we often know a lot about physical illness, there tends to be less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems.

This lack of understanding leads to fear and negative attitudes towards individuals living with these problems. It prevents people from seeking help for themselves and from providing appropriate support to people around them.

Course Objectives

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis. Course participants will learn how to:

• Recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis

• Have conversations that encourage a person to:

- Talk about declines in their mental well-being

-Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being

-Reach out to these support

• Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis

• Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being


Module 1: Self-Directed

  • Introduction to the course

  • Introduction to MHFA actions

Module 2: Virtual Classroom

  • Practice applying MHFA actions to situations of declining mental well-being

  • Guidelines for MHFA conversations with people from diverse cultures and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community

Module 3 Virtual Classroom

  • Discussion on using MHFA actions for self-care

  • Practice using MHFA actions in crisis situations

Method of Instruction

This 9-hour course opens with a self-directed module (Module 1) that focuses on the information and strategies that participants will discuss and practice throughout the virtual classroom modules (Modules 2 and 3). Course participants are required to complete Module 1 before participating in Module 2 and 3.


Members : $215

Non Members: $225

Terms & Conditions

  • Access information for the self-directed module 1 will be sent to your email address either 2-weeks before the course, or within 2-business days of your registration; whichever is later.

  • By registering for this training course, you accept and agree to abide by the attached Terms and Conditions.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to register for and attend a training course.

  • To attend this virtual training course (via Zoom), you must have access to a working camera, microphone and speakers or earphones.


Mental Health First Aid Blended Learning Course Outline

SAFETY and Safe space during the course

Virtual Courses – Terms and Conditions

For any questions about content of the training, please contact:

Cliff Thorbes/

For any questions about registrations, please contact:

Sweety Rajpal/