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One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. Will you know how to help someone in this situation?

The Students’ Association’s Peer Support Centre, in partnership with Mount Royal University, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is hosting a Mental Health First Aid Training program in January, 2014. This four day, 12-hour course is being offered free of charge to SAMRU volunteers, and at a special discounted rate of $35 to students, faculty, and staff.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) strives to improve mental health literacy and to provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend, a colleague, or community. MHFA is an evidence-based training program that is designed, just like traditional first aid, to enable people to recognize symptoms and provide support until professional help can step in. Practical skills are taught using a model that is easy to remember and apply in real-life settings. It is an educational course for the public. No experience in mental health is necessary.

The course has three main objectives:

1. Educate participants and help them identify signs of mental health problems in co-workers, friends, family, strangers and even themselves.

2. Teach participants how to support the individual and to help seek appropriate treatment for them.

3. Reduce the stigma of mental illness. More than half of people with mental health problems will be too ashamed to seek treatment.

Only 24 spots are available for this program. Participants must attend all 4 sessions to receive their Mental Health First Aid training certification. Registration deadline is January 10, 2014. Please contact Kellie Nixon: psc@samru.ca to register.

For more information about Mental Health First Aid, please visit: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca/EN/Pages/default.aspx

For more information about Mental Health First Aid and the Peer Centre’s services, please visit: https://samru.ca/supportservices/psc/

Training Dates: January 14, 16, 21, & 23, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: Council Chambers
Free for SAMRU volunteers, $35 discounted rate for all other students, MRU staff & faculty
Registration Deadline: January 10, 2014

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