If you are in distress, you can call or text 988 at any time. If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency department.

Workplace Mental Health

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) provides you with the skills needed to extend crucial support to individuals navigating mental health crises or challenges. Much like traditional first aid, MHFA fosters the ability to identify common signs of distress and deliver immediate aid until professional assistance is accessible.

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Empowering Organizations and Employees and Individuals

In today’s world, understanding and supporting mental health is as crucial as addressing physical health. Opening Minds offers transformative Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses designed to demystify mental health and substance use challenges.

Our evidence-based courses are proven to foster a more empathetic, supportive, and stigma-free environment in your workplace, organization or community.

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Why Choose Mental Health First Aid from Opening Minds?

  • Enhanced Awareness: Gain vital insights to recognize early signs of mental well-being decline.
  • Transcendent Skills: Our courses provide you with practical skills that you can apply to better support those around you at home, work or in your community.
  • Crisis Management: Acquire essential tools to assist effectively during mental health crisis.
  • Evidence Based: Opening Minds programs are evidence-based and scientifically proven to deliver desired outcomes.
  • Organizational Success: Maximize your return on investment. Our courses: Reduce absenteeism, boost morale and foster a healthy workplace environment.
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Course Structure Tailored for Impact

  • Module 1: Self-Directed (2 Hours): An introductory module that lays the foundation of MHFA actions.
  • Module 2: Live Classroom (3.5 hours): Focuses on applying MHFA actions in scenarios of declining mental well-being and adapting conversations for diverse groups.
  • Module 3: Live Classroom (3.5 hours): Enhances skills in crisis management and highlights the importance of self-care.

Empowering Through ALGES Participants will learn the five core actions of ALGES:

  • Assess the risk of suicide and/or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance
  • Encourage professional support
  • Self- Care 

Flexible Class Sizes for Optimal Learning

  • Virtual Classes: Intimate sessions of 8 to 15 participants.
  • In-Person Classes: Engaging experiences for 8 to 25 participants.
Have questions about our courses? Reach out to us at solutions@openingminds.org.

With Mental health first aid, you can learn to support the needs of specific groups

Mental Health First Aid is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis.
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A Mental Health First Aid course tailored to reflect the values used to guide Indigenous ways of living.
A course designed by Inuit, for Inuit and for those who work with Inuit.
Mental Health First Aid First Nations is a spark that awakens the courage to have open and honest conversations about mental health with family, friends, and others. It is part of a larger journey that helps strengthen the connections within communities.
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