Mental Health First Aid Seniors
MHFA Seniors is an adaptation of the MHFA Basics course that is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, families (informal caregivers), friends, staff in care settings and communities to promote mental health in seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible in seniors and intervene early when problems first emerge. The course content and resource materials are based on best available evidence and practice guidelines and were developed in consultation with Canadian experts at Trillium Health Partners, a healthcare organization which prioritizes seniors' health and wellness.
In the MHFA Seniors course, you will gain a solid understanding of the 5 basic actions of ALIFE: Assess safety, Listen non-judgmentally, Information and reassurance, Facilitate the senior getting appropriate professional help, Encourage support for the senior and caregiver. ALIFE is the framework for having a confident conversation about mental health with family, friends, colleagues, and strangers. The key outcomes are to teach participants how to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems in seniors, provide the initial help to seniors, guide a senior and caregiver towards professional help, and provide strategies and resources to seniors.
- Mental Health First Aid
- Substance-related disorders
- Mood related disorders
- Anxiety and trauma related disorders