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Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace seminar Oct. 24-25

Written by  Andrea Carol
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October 1st -7  is 2017’s Canadian Mental Illness Awareness Week and is a national education campaign designed to educate and inform Canadians of mental illness. Mental illness affects us all and it is important that we know what to do when we face it.

Many rural communities in Southwest Saskatchewan don’t have access to mental health resources like bigger centers do therefore, Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace offered by Bridges Health will be in Swift Current October 24-25 at the Swift Current Home Inn & Suites.
This sold-out rigorous 12-hour (2 day) workshop was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. 
The course is being offered again in Swift Current, January 23, 24 and seats are selling fast.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved.
Josh Hartl, B.A. Psych, RRP, Business Development Manager and Chesley Zelizney, B.A. Psych and Social Work, Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor are the event organizers and facilitators.
“Education and awareness is needed and so we saw the opening for a chance to go there (Swift Current) and the course is already full. I was certified in June and trained 120 people since then,”Zelizney explained. “It’s a two-day course. Within the two days we cover five different sections, substance overdose, suicidal behavior, panic attacks, acute stress reactions and psychotic episodes. After the course, you get a certificate of participation saying that you have completed Mental Health First Aid course.
“It’s important for everyone to take a course like this. It’s not dependent on what your job is or what your career is. It is very beneficial for everyone to increase our awareness and mental health literacy. It is not for diagnosis purposes but for you togain a better understanding so you know how to step in until professional help is brought in. Physical first aid is sort of procedural. We follow the same kind of model, this is more conversational. It’s another tool for your toolbox, as you learn to be a better conversationalist when it comes to addressing a mental health concern.”  
The workshop provides participants with the skills to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and provides crisis and first aid skills for substance overdose, suicidal behavior, panic attacks, acute stress reactions and psychotic episodes.
The in-depth course gives participants some valuable tools they will need when addressing mental health concerns.
The highly-acclaimed workshop provides practical tools and skills that can be applied to mental health situations immediately at home and in the workplace.
For more information or to register, please contact us by telephone at 306.668.5520 or via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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