Mental Health First Aid (Virtual)

The Mental Health First Aid training was developed to help people provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

MHFA teaches mental health first aid skills. The course does not train people to be therapists, counselors, or mental health professionals. The philosophy behind MHFA is that mental health crisis, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, may be avoided through early intervention. If a crisis does arise, then members of the public can take action that may reduce the harm that could result.

This 9-hour course opens with a self-directed module (Module 1 – Self Directed) that focuses on the information and strategies that participants will discuss and practice throughout the virtual classroom modules (Modules 2 and 3 – Virtual Classroom). Course participants are required to complete Module 1 before participating in Module 2 and 3.

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.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – CMHA Edmonton


Attending this two-day course will train you to intervene with an individual who is suicidal.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated course
designed to help caregivers recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is
by far the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide
  • Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner
  • Identify risk alerts and develop a safe plan related to them
  • Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide
  • List the types of resources available to a person at risk of suicide, including themselves
  • Make a commitment to improving community resources and networking

Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide intervention and, includes life promotion and self-care
for persons at risk and for caregivers


Ages 18+ – Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers; natural helpers and advisors;
educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community

Dates Name of Training or Education Provider Link
Date: June 22 & 23 Training/Education: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - CMHA Edmonton Provider: Canadian Mental Health Association - Edmonton Region REGISTER