Mental Health First Aid – Basic
General information

November 22 – 23, 2020

Recognizing the mental health impacts of the worldwide COVID19 pandemic, we’re taking positive action to help islanders help each other and the community to become more resilient by offering another session (maximum 20 registrants) of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s two-day Mental Health First Aid – Basic.

This course is open to Salt Spring Island residents 18 yrs and older, and is being offered for FREE through the generous financial support of:

  • Salt Spring Island Foundation’s Emergency Preparedness and Relief Fund
  • Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund
  • Capital Regional District Grant-In-Aid
  • Our sponsor – Country Grocer

Course Details

MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and in their workplaces.

Learn to:

  • Understand signs/symptoms/risk factors
  • Increase confidence to have difficult conversations with co-workers/family/friends
  • Learn when and how to intervene
  • Improve personal mental health
  • Reduce stigma/misunderstanding

For more information on MHFA Basic, visit the Mental Health First Aid website:

Date: November 22 and 23, 2020
Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: Hart Bradley Hall (SSI Lion’s Club) – 103 Bonnet Avenue

Registrations will be confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will take names on a waiting list in case one or more people drop out, or to be contacted when we offer another session.

Full cost to offer this course is $220 per person. If you are able to pay some registration amount, up to the full cost, we will gladly accept your contribution – which will allow us to continue to offer courses for free or at subsidized rates.

To register, email with MHFA – November 2020 in the subject line. Please ensure you include the following information in the email:

  • Name
  • Personal address/phone number/email
  • Name and phone number of emergency contact
  • If you plan to make a contribution to the cost of the course, please advise Karen when you email her.

Cheques can be mailed to the address below and should be received at least 7 days prior to the start of the course.


Currently this training is only offered in-person.
Physical distancing requirements and current sanitizing protocols will be followed.
If online training becomes available, we may consider making this change.
You will be updated as we know more.

Mail cheques to:

Salt Spring Community Health Society
Mental Health First Aid Training
c/o 181 Booth Canal Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2N2