Mental Health First Aid Workshop (Virtual)

This virtual workshop will be held over two mornings:
Wed, Jun 14 & Thu, Jun 22
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon (both days)

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.

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

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.

In a recent major Canadian study, 82% of responding organizations ranked mental health conditions in their top three causes of short term disability (72% for long-term). 30% of all short and long term disability claims are due to mental health problems and illnesses.

MHFA course participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize signs that a person may be experience 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 supports
  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis
  • Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being

Course Outline/Topics

Additional Requirement: 2 hours of self-directed online learning to be completed by Thursday, June 8.

Module 1: Self-Directed online learning (2 hours, DUE: 7 days prior to Module 2)

  • Introduction to the course
  • Introduction to MHFA actions

Module 2: Virtual Classroom (half day session on zoom; participant video* must be on)

  • Practice applying MHFA actions to situations of declining mental well-being
  • Guildelines for MHFA conversations with people from diverse cultures and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community

Module 3: Virtual Classroom (half day session on zoom; participant video* must be on)

  • Discussion on using MHFA actions for self-care
  • Practice using MHFA actions in crisis situations

Note: Participant video must be on during the Virtual (zoom) Training. Participants who miss more than 10 minutes of the training will be marked incomplete.


Leah Hes, O.T Reg. (MB)
Manager, Rehabilitation Services, HEB Manitoba

As an Occupational Therapist working primarily in long term disability case management, Leah has the privilege of providing supportive, strength based rehab services to individuals returning to work following illness or injury. It is through working with so many amazing, resilient clients that her passion for mental health immerged, particularly with respect to mental health issues in the workplace. Mental Health First Aid has provided Leah with the opportunity to not only open up the conversation around mental health in her own workplace but also provide concrete, helpful strategies to those she has trained.


  • QNET Members: $349.00 + GST  QNET member list
  • Event Partners (see list below): $349.00 + GST
  • Non-Members: $399.00 + GST  Join QNET

Please review event Terms & Conditions

Cancellations (by the attendee) must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start. 


Members of the following organizations receive the partner rate for this event.

  • ASCM Winnipeg Chapter
  • Manitoba Aerospace

Funding provided by The Manitoba government.

Course Credits

  • An optional course in the 70 credit hour QNET Certificate in Management Development
  • Eligible for credit in the CAM:OE (Certificate in Applied Management: Organizational
    Effectiveness) in partnership with the University of Manitoba, Continuing Education
Mental Health First Aid Workshop (Virtual)

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Course not currently scheduled
2 half day virtual sessions (June 14 & 22 )
Additional Requirement: 2 hours of self-directed online learning to be completed by Thursday, June 8.
Virtual by zoom.
Member: $349.00 (+GST)
Event Partner: $349.00 (+GST) see list below
Non-Member: $399.00 (+GST)

I think this course was great, and it is important to teach people how to utilize the training learned here.

This was the best session I have taken so far with QNET!

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