Mental health is an essential part of our overall health. We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. It’s a state of well-being in which we realize our own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work and study productively and are able to make a contribution to your family and community.
Being aware of our mental health is important because it affects every single aspect of our daily life and ability to function.
This is also true of our family, friends, co-workers and employees.
We offer a range of workshops for the general public, government and community organizations and businesses on a fee for service basis.
Many can be tailored to your specific needs.
Topics include but not limited to:
- Understanding Mental Health
- Stress Management
- Developing a Support System
- Gaining a Work-Life Balance
- Importance of Good Mental Health in the Workplace
- Conference sessional or keynote speaking
- Staff training
- Lunch & Learn
For upcoming dates, further information and costs. See the events page or for workplace specific training read below or click here
Mental Health First Aid
This is a training course provided throughout the North Region, where participants learn how to provide initial help to people who are showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Basic: It is a 12 hour training course with the following topics:
- mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance use disorder.
For adults who interact with youth:
Includes the Basic Modules – Plus
- Deliberate self injury
- Eating Disorders
In this course youth is defined as ages 15-24 years of age and is a 14 hour training course.
Standard Version – Virtual
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.
Upon registration, participants will receive the “MHFA Participant Reference Guide” that outlines MHFA actions for developing mental health and substance use problems, and mental health and substance use crises.
The Mental Health First Aid Canada website can be found here
Mental Health Works
Mental Health Works is the leading go-to program for education, training and consulting needs of employers and employees within Canada and abroad on addressing mental health in the workplace.
We improve working lives by helping people in various roles in the workplace provide effective support to individual employees who are struggling with mental health issues.
This workshop will provide organizations with tools and resources they need to effectively address overall workplace mental health with an emphasis on creating psychologically safe and healthy work environments benefiting all workers.
For more information click here.
Duct Tape Isn’t Enough – 3 hour workshop.
This workshop teaches participants to manage adversity and bounce back quicker. Resilience helps individuals regain their sense of balance, productivity, and well-being as they address issues and needs relating to life challenges. Resilience training provides skills to help manage crisis, reduce everyday stressful situation, and help people to be more effective in meeting job and personal demands that are associated with everyday living. Benefits include improved morale, decreased medical and mental health problems, increased team spirit and cooperation, and better relationships among co-workers and community members.
Participants will learn about their own resiliency and develop an individual plan to further strengthen their skills.
Safe and Sound: Building a Psychologically Safe Workplace.
Learn about how to address mental illness, including addictions, in the workplace from a health and safety perspective. This workshop includes a review of local policies or regulations, and provides an overview of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
This is a 3 hour workshop for more information click here
Responding with Respect
Responding with Respect: Workplace Mental Health Skills for Managers is a highly effective workshop designed to reduce the negative impact of mental health problems in the workplace. One in three Canadians will experience a mental health or substance use disorder in their lifetime,1 while others will experience challenges that don’t meet the threshold for a diagnosed illness. Both these realities can impact an employee’s wellness and performance. This workshop has been designed specifically for managers and supervisors to build on their knowledge and skills to support an employee when they are struggling with what may be a mental health challenge, or with a situation that is affecting their mental health. You don’t need to become a mental health expert to support your teams. This skill-building workshop is highly interactive, focusing on how to have a respectful conversation using the 4R Action Toolkit® and includes relevant case scenarios, and a variety of activities and discussions to ensure engagement.
This workshop has both virtual or in-person sessions as well as 4 hour or 7 hour option.
For more information or to request a workshop click here
Living Life To The Full
Want to know how to feel better, right now?
This enjoyable, interactive course introduces the principles of Five Areas CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and will help you to understand your feelings and what to do about them!
There is 8 (Eight) – 90 minute sessions: For more information click here
Participants are taught:
- How to deal with their feelings when fed up, worried, or hopeless
- Learn skills that help them to tackle life’s problems
Living Works Courses for more information about our Gatekeeper program click here
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.
Virtually anyone age 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, can become an ASIST-trained caregiver. Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.
· Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
· A scientifically proven intervention model
· Powerful audiovisual learning aids
· Group discussions
· Skills practice and development
· A balance of challenge and safety
A lending library of books, manuals and DVD’s on mental illness, addictions and mental wellness is available to CMHA members. There is no fee (other than membership) to borrow materials. The library is located at our main office, 1152 – 3rd Avenue.