Mental Health First Aid

Virtual Training

Mental Health First Aid

The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that one in every five Canadians experiences a mental health problem within a given year. While we often know a lot about physical illness, there tends to be less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems. This lack of understanding leads to fear and negative attitudes towards individuals living with these problems. It prevents people from seeking help for themselves and from providing appropriate support to people around them.

What is Mental Health First Aid? This virtual certified 9-hour training course is a program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health or substance use crisis
  • Have conversations that encourage a person to:
    • talk about 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 situation
  • Check in with one’s own mental well -being and take action as needed

Course consists of 3 modules and will include discussion, videos, and scenarios

Module 1: Introduction to MHFA – Self Directed (approx. 2 hours)

  • Introduction to the course
  • Introduction to MHFA actions
  • After registration, participants will be given a unique, individual code that will allow access to this module and 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. Please note that the self-directed Module 1 does not have to be completed in one sitting, but it must be completed before attending Modules 2 and 3

Module 2: MHFA for Declining Mental Well-Being – Virtual Classroom Model (3.5 hours)

  • Practice applying MHFA actions to situations of declining mental well-being
  • Guidelines for MHFA conversations with people from diverse cultures and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community

Module 3: MHFA for Crisis Situations – Virtual Classroom Model (3.5 hours)

  • Discussion on using MHFA actions for self-care
  • Practice using MHFA actions in crisis situations

Available dates and times:

Module 2 – Thursday, June 8 – 9:00-12:30 PST

Module 3 – Friday, June 9 – 9:00-12:30 PST

Requirements

Participants must complete the self directed 2-hour Module 1 before attending the virtual Modules 2 and 3. Attendance is required at both virtual modules in order to receive a certificate. Participants must have access to Zoom (zoom meeting ID and password will be given after registration) and a computer with microphone capabilities. A working camera is highly recommended.

Registration

Cost is $225.00 per person and includes a certificate of completion. Please note that each session is limited to 15 participants and spaces fill up quickly. To register or for more information, please call or email:

Lori Veltkamp 403-942-5250 Email: loriveltkamp@mentalhealthready.com

http://www.mentalhealthready.com

CSSHSA Webinar

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COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES DISABILITY MANAGEMENT & RETURN TO WORK (RTW)

Webinar #8 (01-June-2023 10AM-12PM)

Presenters:
  • Bill Dyer, Director, Reducing Poverty Initiative – National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR)
  • Stephen Symon, Manager Client Services, RTW Consultation and Education Services – WorkSafeBC
Outline:

Over the past three years in the community social services (CSS) sector, WorkSafeBC injury time loss claims have reach historical levels.  The Association is pleased to present the CSS Disability Management & RTW Webinar for the sector at no cost to participants on June 1, 2023, from 10 am to 12 pm.  

The Disability Management will capture the steps – components to consider when creating your organizations disability management program, “The Coles note – how to.” While the Return to Work and Recover and Work: Importance of Early Intervention and Introduction of Bill 41 (Return to Work and Other Duties in Relation to Injured Workers).

We are delighted to have seasoned speakers Bill Dyer and Stephen Symon.  This webinar is building on previous presentations and will be providing key information to support employers and workers.  Please register quickly at the link below.  Thank you.Participant Range:

 500 Max. (Limits on organization number of participants)Participant Admission:

 Free / No CostRegistration Link:

 Register

Workplace Mental Health BC

Looking to learn more about mental health – here are some free webinars/workshops that you can attend through Workplace Mental Health BC: https://www.workmentalhealthbc.ca/resource/article/css-upcoming-webinars

WEBINAR: The Stories We Tell Ourselves – Strategies for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Thursday, May 25  | 11:00AM till 12:15PM | REGISTER

Gain the tools to conquer self-doubt and and rewrite your story in this empowering workshop on unmasking imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome refers to a psychological phenomenon where individuals hold the belief that they are undeserving of success, persistently plagued by feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt about their intelligence, skills, or competence. It is often described as feeling like a fraud who achieved success through luck and fear being exposed.

This workshop delves into the essence of imposter syndrome, exploring its distinct types and offering practical strategies for overcoming self-doubt.

Over the span of 75 minutes, participants will:

  • Learn to recognize imposter syndrome in themselves and their colleagues.
  • Understand the connection between avoidance, overworking, and imposter syndrome.
  • Examine the narratives we tell ourselves that perpetuate self-doubt.
  • Harness the power of self-compassion to combat imposter syndrome.
  • Discover effective coping strategies for dealing with imposter syndrome.

Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their personal experiences with imposter syndrome and its triggers.

This workshop welcomes individuals who are interested in understanding and addressing imposter syndrome, as well as Federation members seeking ways to navigate imposter syndrome and the accompanying unhelpful thoughts and emotions.

Heat warnings

Hey everyone, with the current heat warnings in effect please take extra precautions to keep cool at this time. 

Stay updated on heat warnings and current wildfire info (https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/) and find out what measures are in place locally for cooling centres and heat response/resources, should you need them.  Example from Kelowna here: https://www.kelowna.ca/our-community/news-events/news/cool-down-locations-available-public-temperatures-climb

Stay safe everyone!

Flooding…

Hey everyone, with the weather alerts notifying us all of heavy rainfall, and the notices of flooding risks in the Province, we wanted to highlight the importance of staying connected to local emergency resources.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has been activated in response to localized flooding. Find out more here.

Get connected to your local emergency operations and keep up to date on emergency information! Stay safe and stay prepared.

Mental Health: Empathy & Compassion Fatigue

Hey everyone, we’re raising awareness about mental health this month. CMHA has featured empathy in their mental health week campaign this year – and empathy is very important in communication and in relationships!

However, and as CMHA highlights here in “Empathy and Compassion Fatigue” by Allison Dunning (Peer Support Canada), it’s important to know about and be aware of the “downfall” of empathy: compassion fatigue.

Compassion fatigue happens when we spend so much of our human energy trying to listen, understand and support others that we become exhausted ourselves.  We can spend so much time thinking about other peoples’ experiences, needs and well-being, that we can forget to think about our own.

“Empathy and Compassion Fatigue” by Allison Dunning (Peer Support Canada)

Self-care and guarding against compassion fatigue are important parts of being in a caring profession. There are many resources available online as well as lots of posts on our website with information, resources, and strategies to help with compassion fatigue.

You can also check out suggestions to guard against compassion fatigue while still engaging in empathy in the original article on the CMHA website here, or their further suggested reading on strategies here.

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