Mental Health Supporting Youth Certification


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Get Your Team Certified

Mental Health First Aid 
Supporting Youth


Our youth are struggling with mental health more than ever

Mental Health First Aid – Supporting Youth will help you and your team identify emerging issues and know exactly the right steps to take, so the kids you work with can get the help they need ASAP.

Needs Assessment Will Cover

  • Demographics of the kids you work with

  • Staff size & demographics

  • Current staff knowledge of     & experience with supporting mental health

  • Mental health programs/policies/supports           currently in place 

  • Any problems/trends/ experiences of particular concern  (to determine best potential instructor match)

If I sprain my ankle, chances are you’ll know what to do.
If I have a panic attack, chances are you won’t

We recognize that you want to make a difference in the lives of the kids you work with. Before you can make a difference, you need a strong and trusting connection with them. 

It can be difficult to differentiate adolescent behaviour from  signs that something else is going on, and knowing that can make you question your own gut instincts.

 Adolescence or early adulthood is when mental health and substance use disorders often start.


Being able to recognize the signs and getting them the help  the need will stop

kids from struggling longer than they have to Learn how to get them to open up and what resources to turn to.


That’s why we’re proud to offer Mental Health First Aid – Supporting Youth. 

This course was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and is taught by certified instructors. 

It is now available virtually for the first time.

Your entire team is a part of the support network for each and every kid you work with. Together, you can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, and can offer a critical lifeline to the ones who need it most.

                         to book your training so your team can stop feeling helpless, and can start feeling confident that they know exactly what to do.

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What People Are Saying...

“This will save lives…”

“If this course was part of the Grade 12 health portion of the Physical Education Program in high school, major strides in changing public attitude and awareness would be effected. I believe this will save lives.”

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How It Works

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Choose your virtual training date

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Complete a self-directed online
module within 2 weeks of your live training start date. 

(approximately 2 hours)

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Attend live online training with a certified
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor.

(Two 4-hour sessions)

From the Mental Health Commission of Canada …


Mental health and substance use disorders often start in adolescence or early adulthood. When these disorders start at this stage in life, they can affect the young person’s education, movement into occupational roles, forming of key social relationships and of healthy habits related to eating, sleeping, and substance use. This is why it is so important to detect problems early and ensure the person is properly supported.

The course is designed for members of the public who have frequent contact with young people (ages 12 to 24), for example, parents and guardians, school staff, sports coaches, and youth workers. It is most relevant in situations when it is first becoming apparent to an adult that a young person in their family, classroom, or other network is developing a mental health problem. However, the course also provides some useful information on how to assist a young person who has a history of a mental illness or longer-term mental health and/or substance use problems, as well as how to support a young person in crisis.

MHFA – Supporting Youth Course Content

Day 1 (Module 1)   Self-Directed Online (2 hrs)

This self-guided module will introduce you to the information and strategies that will be discussed and practiced during the instructor-led classes.  Module must be complete no later than three days prior to Day 2.

  • What is Mental Health First Aid?

  • MHFA Action Plan

  • ALGEES in Action

  • Developing Helpful Knowledge, Attitudes & Behaviours

  • Closing Activity

  • Quiz

Day 2 (Module 2)
Live Online with Instructor (4 hrs)

Day 2 focuses on Mental Health First Aid for declining wellbeing.  Participants will learn how to assess changes in behaviour and will practice critical skills for starting a conversation with someone they’re concerned about, listening non-judgmentally, and determining if further support or resources are necessary.

  • Role of a Mental Health First Aider

  • MHFA Action Steps (ALGEES)

  • Assessing the Situation + Self-Awareness Activity

  • Communicating Respectfully & Possible Challenges

  • Case Studies & Debrief

  • Signs of Declining Wellbeing

Day 3 (Module 3)
Live Online with Instructor (4 hrs)

Day 3 covers Mental Health First Aid for crisis situations including panic attacks, suicidal ideation, overdose, and psychotic episodes. Participants will also learn the importance of self-care for themselves after supporting someone with their mental health or a mental health crisis.

  • Challenges to Providing Mental Health First Aid

  • Breakout Activity & Debrief

  • Crisis Situations

  • Safety Plans

  • Group Work & Debrief – Crisis Scenarios

  • Self-Care for First Aider

  • Closing Activity & Next Steps to Keep Learning

Mental Health First Aid – Supporting Youth Certificate 

Only $365 per person
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Inclusion & Bonuses

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Meet Your Instructors

We work with a network of instructors across the country to meet your geographical, scheduling, and experience needs. 

Here are some of the facilitators available to work with your team … 


 Facilitator, Mediator, and Life Strategist with a demonstrated history of training and coaching both individuals and corporations in the areas of conflict resolution, mediation, and mental health first aid.

Consistently guiding her clients to achieve positive outcomes by marrying her empathy, compassion, deep listening and communication style with her strategic processes.  By using an interest-based approach, participants collaborate and reach agreement by sharing information and remaining creative and flexible rather than taking adversarial positions. 

Pamela is a Canadian Armed Forces officer tasked with design and development of courseware in Effective Communications, Harassment & Abuse Prevention, Positive Social Relations for Youth and Outreach programs.  


Heather (she/her) is an Occupational Therapist with over 17 years of experience working in the formal Mental Health and Wellness systems.  She is a graduate from Dalhousie University with degrees in Biology and Occupational Therapy.

She is a parent of a tween and teen, and has a passion for mental health and promoting mental wellness amongst children, youth and families. Heather has expertise in anxiety prevention, behaviour change counseling, parenting, health system navigation and adult education.

She is a contract instructor for the Mental Health Commission of Canada and has been facilitating Mental Health First Aid – Supporting Youth for 5 years both in-person and virtually. Heather truly believes that giving people Mental Health First Aid skills to intervene in a young person’s life when they are struggling, saves lives.

Heather likes to promote her own mental wellness by being in nature with her family, meditation, kayaking and biking. 


Pronouns: she/her I am one of the Owner/Operators, and Chief Executive Officer, of Calgary Alternative Support Services Inc (CASS). I have worked as a registered Social Worker for over 20 years, and as a certified Mental Health First Aid Facilitator for over 10 years. This amazing experience has provided me with the opportunity to walk with people through their experiences, and to learn and grow alongside them.vI have always felt fortunate to be a part of facilitating connection, value, and inclusion within so many circles of my life.

A large part of this has been a combination of my personal and professional journeys, in particular when it comes to one’s own mental wellness. Connection is key, as alone we may fail, but together we will strive. 

What I have learned throughout my journey is, “When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars!”


Jen (she/her) has over a decade of experience in front-line social and health services, working primarily with youth and families around experiences of addictions, mental health, eating disorders, trauma, and exploitation.

Personally and professionally, Jen is passionate and ever learning about racial justice and remains active in the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

As a Youth Services Consultant, Facilitator, Mental Health First Aid instructor, Project Manager in healthcare leadership, and Peer Reviewer for the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Jen specializes in systems approaches to enhancing prevention, humility, and supporting resiliency in social and health service delivery.


Angele (she/her) has been a mental health educator since 2006.

Her passion in educating communities, schools and workplaces about mental health/illness comes from personal insight into the lives of family and friends living with mental illness. The training sessions offered are well-researched and delivered in a down to earth, memorable style.

Her educational background includes Diploma of Social Service Worker, Train the Trainer certification, Working with Dementia Clients, Mental Health Works Certification, Mental Health First Aid Standard/Youth Trainer; Living Life to the Full certification and safeTALK trainer for suicide prevention.

Angele co-chairs the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Champlain East (Prevention Workgroup) and has delivered thousands of education sessions to youth and adults.


Lisa (she/her) has 30 years experience working in the fields of nursing and policing, and currently works as a full-time investigator in the Major Crime Domestic Violence Investigation Unit at Durham Regional Police Service.

Her education includes a Nursing Diploma from Fanshawe College, a Police Foundations Diploma from Conestoga College, and a BAA in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph. She also has nearly 30 other professional development courses from the Ontario Police College, The Canadian Police College and a variety of other institutions. These include courses on investigative techniques, Forensic Interviewing, Peace Interviewing, Facilitating Adult Education, Scenes of Crime, Sexual Assault Response, Domestic Violence Investigation, English as a Second Language instruction and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  


Kris Porlier (he/him) is an Advanced Care Paramedic, employed with Calian Health Services and is also a Reserve Medical Assistant with the Royal Canadian Medical Service.

In 2008, Kris completed a tour of service to Afghanistan and has served on several domestic operations. Having functioned in management and medical roles, Kris has assisted many employees, patients, and co-workers living with mental health problems. During his time in civilian healthcare, he has been afforded the opportunity to aid a diverse population experiencing both acute and chronic physical and mental health conditions. Kris has a Bachelor of Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta with a minor in Psychology. Kris has worked as both a child and youth care worker and volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Government of Canada’s Cadet Program. He has taken active volunteer roles with military peer support programs, the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation and the Edmonton Police Victim Services Unit.