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Mental Health 101

The Basics for Frontline Staff


This two day workshop will overview mental health for professionals in the fields of health, education, social services, and justice.


This course is also open to paraprofessionals who are seeking a basic overview of mental health knowledge and understanding.


This training will overview the different mental health diagnoses; its prevalence; symptoms and treatments approaches for mood disorders, anxiety disorders; schizophrenia; concurrent disorder using an integrated model approach; suicide & parasuicide; and finally the role of health promotion as a means to working towards mental wellness strategies and resiliency. 

  • Review the definitions of mental health and illness

  • Understand the connection between untreated trauma and mental health and addictions

  • Statistical Impact of Mental Health in Canada

  • Gain knowledge in the signs and symptoms of a mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia 

  • Review the components of a mental status examination 

  • Provide an overview of concurrent disorders and an integrated approach

  • Foreseeability versus predictability of suicide

  • Reviewing the risk factors to the pathway of suicide

  • Gaining knowledge and understanding to parasuicidal (Cutting, burning, and other self-harming acts) behaviours and how to respond

  • Effective safety planning for suicidal risk  

  • Health promotion, mental wellness approaches and resiliency  

  • Mental health professionals

  • Counsellors

  • Psychotherapists

  • Front-line workers such as nurses, clergy, social workers and residential workers who provide services to vulnerable populations

Interested in taking part in this workshop or offering it to your organization? Contact us today.

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