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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis.

Mental Health First Aid Training is an evidence based, internationally recognized program through the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

In this training, participants will learn how to recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis and encourage that person to:

  • Talk about declines in their mental well-being
  • Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being
  • Reach out to these supports
  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis
  • Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being


This is an 8-hour course made up of a self-directed module (pre-work, approx. 1 hour) followed by two synchronous virtual sessions (each 3 hours and 30 minutes in length).

Participants are required to complete the pre-work (Module 1) before participating in the two synchronous virtual sessions (Module 2 and 3).

In order to receive the certificate of completion, you must complete Module 1 and attend all of Modules 2 and 3. 


Session 1: Thursday, April 20, 2023

Session 2: Thursday, April 27, 2023

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST

Location: Zoom. (Once you register for the course, you will be directed to the course Canvas page where you can find the Zoom link.)

Audience: All faculty and staff at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. Spots are limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Cost: Free


  • Amanda Swoboda, Wellbeing Specialist, Workplace Health and Wellbeing, UBC Okanagan Human Resources
  • Miranda Massie, Workplace Wellbeing Practices and Learning Consultant, UBC Vancouver Central Human Resources

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please email Lauren Lee at