Salt Spring Community Health Society is pleased to offer the

Mental Health Commission of Canada’s

Mental Health First Aid Training

Recognizing the ongoing 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 two more sessions (maximum 20 registrants in each) of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s two-day Mental Health First Aid courses.

These are in-person courses open to Salt Spring Island residents 18 yrs and older. COVID19 safety protocols will be in effect.

This training is made possible through:

  • A COVID19 Recovery Grant from the Salt Spring Island Foundation
  • Our sponsors Country Grocer and Salt Spring & Fulford Seniors, and
  • Contributions from previous participants.

Without this financial support, these courses would cost $280 per person.

Because of our funders’ generosity, we’re able to offer everyone a discounted registration fee.

In addition, we have a number of FREE registrations available in both courses to ensure a lack of financial resources isn’t a barrier to receiving this valuable training.

See additional information below.

Course Details

Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact with Youth – Discounted registration: $200

July 19 – 20, 2021

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Hart Bradley Hall – Salt Spring Lion’s Club

103 Bonnet Avenue


MHFA Adults who Interact with Youth is intended for an adult audience whose primary focus is youth (aged 14-25). In addition to the four most common disorders, including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders, this course includes instruction about eating disorders and deliberate self-injury.


Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with the young people in their lives, including at schools, extra-curricular activities, social services, family, friends, and communities.


For additional information, see the MHFA website: MHFA –

Mental Health First Aid for Seniors – Discounted registration: $200

July 21 – 22, 2021

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Hart Bradley Hall – Salt Spring Lion’s Club

103 Bonnet Avenue


MHFA Seniors is an adaptation of the MHFA Basic 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 in the field of geriatric psychiatry. 


For additional information, see the MHFA website: MHFA –

To register for either coursed, please follow these detailed instructions:


  • Registrations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Email, with either MHFA – Youth, -OR- MHFA – Seniors, in the subject line
  • Include: your name, address, email, phone, emergency contact name, emergency contact phone
  • You will receive an email confirming your registration, or that you’ve been placed on a waiting list

Financial Need:


  • We are able to offer several free registrations in both courses, thanks to our donor, sponsors, and previous participants who were willing to pay the full price
  • If you would like to be considered, please email as above and answer, “How much would you be able to pay to register for this course – including FREE – without causing undue financial stress for you and/or your family?”


Those whose registrations are confirmed are asked to e-transfer payment to the above email address, using your last name (no capital letters) as the answer to the security question, or mail a cheque made out to Salt Spring Community Health Society (mailing address: 181 Booth Canada Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2N2).

Payment must be received by or before Monday, July 12, 2021 to secure your seat.