Event Description

Mental Health First Aid Workshop (virtual)

Oct. 17, 2022

This program includes self-directed online learning (due October 6) and two virtual morning sessions on October 17 & 24. 


Optional Course  - QNET Certificate in Management Development (CMD)

MHFA Virtual components:

Module 1: Self-directed online learning
Approx. 2 hours; deadline to complete: Thursday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m.
Must be completed in order to attend Modules 2 & 3

Participants will receive an Access Code to the Learning Portal for Module 1 and access to the Participant Reference Guide.

Modules 2 & 3: October 17 & 24 (mornings - 8:30 to 12:00)
Virtual Training, zoom with video on. Participants who miss more than 10 minutes of the training will be marked incomplete


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 Virtual 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 supports

-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


Facilitator: Leah Hes, O.T Reg. (MB), Rehabilitation Specialist, 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.

This workshop is:               


- QNET Members: $349.00 + GST  QNET member list
- Event Partners (see list below): $349.00 + GST
- Non-Members: $399.00 + GST 
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Event Partners:
(Members of the following organizations receive the partner rate for this event)

  • ASCM Winnipeg Chapter 
  • Manitoba Aerospace

Other Affiliations:

  • CAM:OE, University of Manitoba Extended Education
  • Funding provided by: The Manitoba Government












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