Veterans Affairs Canada and the Mental Health Commission of Canada partner to provide Mental Health First Aid courses for the Veteran
OTTAWA, May 5, 2017 /CNW/ - Veterans, like other Canadians, can experience feelings of sadness, anger, frustration and low self-esteem. In particular, Veterans and
Through a partnership between Veterans Affairs Canada and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course, adapted specifically to the needs of Veterans, is available free of charge to the Veteran community.
Based on the principles of physical first aid, this two-day session helps participants learn how to recognize a mental health problem and how to respond appropriately to a mental health crisis until the crisis is resolved or professional help can be obtained.
Now being offered at various locations across Canada, the Veteran community will have access to an important tool tailored to address their unique realities. To find out more or for details on upcoming training sessions, visit Mental Health First Aid.
"We all talk about ending the stigma associated with mental illness. One of the most effective ways of doing that is educating people. Veterans face unique challenges and this program has been tailored to train family and caregivers on how to help. I am proud that my Department is partnering with the Mental Health Commission of Canada in an effort to help those who struggle." The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
"Now, more than ever we are in the position to equip the Veteran community with lifesaving tools and training. The interest for these courses is exceeding demand. Participants tell us they are able to share experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Veterans and their families have expressed gratitude for having concrete tools and resources to manage their mental health more effectively. The MHCC is tremendously proud to be able to work with Veterans Affairs Canada to help Veterans in need."Louise Bradley, President and CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada
"When I took your Mental Health First Aid course for the Veteran community I was utterly amazed. I recognized so much and I feel so very lucky to have taken it. Your course will save lives." 2017 Veteran community MHFA course participant
Mental Health Commission of Canada
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
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