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Virtual Mental Health First Aid: The Benefits

Updated: Mar 26, 2022

Did you know that virtual Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) has been here in Canada for over a year and I facilitate this training to groups and companies across the country almost every week?

I absolutely love the virtual training model. It's streamlined, interactive and engaging for participants. Think you might lose out by not being in an in-person class? I personally don't think so - here are some benefits of the virtual Mental Health First Aid training program.

Virtual Mental Health First Aid: The Benefits

  1. You can join training from your home or office and don't have to worry about finding a location close to you (which may not exist, especially in rural areas!) This also allows you to eliminate any extra travel time to get to training. All you need is a computer or tablet with camera and microphone access and a high-speed internet connection. You can also conveniently sign-up online.

  2. You don't have to worry about class cancellations due to weather, especially in the Winter months.

  3. You stay safe during training without risk of health & safety exposures to COVID-19. You can participate in training even if you are in isolation or quarantining.

  4. The virtual training is condensed and streamlined into an 8 hour certificate course. What does this mean? Instead of spending 12 hours in a classroom, you complete 2 hours on your own online (self-paced) and 6 hours "live" with your instructor (with Alison, this is usually broken out over two three hour days). This equals less time away from work, less learning fatigue, and less time spent taking breaks and lunch.

  5. Interactive online - do you sometimes feel like you lose quality when listening to online training? Virtual Mental Health First Aid with Alison is very interactive. Not only does this Mental Health Commission of Canada training program have interactive polls, video content, and group work in breakout rooms, Alison is committed to creating a safe, interactive environment and actively engages participants in the chat and open discussion. Anyone who has taken the training this year also knows Moderator Danielle, who helps participants behind the scenes with all things technical and ensures a smooth learning experience for everyone!

  6. Engage with participants from other industries & communities. If you participate in one of Alison's public training sessions (current dates can be found here) you will likely meet and interact with participants from several other Provinces and industries. This creates a great learning environment of sharing and varied experiences.

  7. Join on your own or with colleagues/friends. Everyone is welcome. You can sign up on your own or have several participants together. Ask me about group pricing for 5+ participants.

About Alison

Alison (she/her) is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor through the Mental Health Commission of Canada and teaches both virtually and in-person.

She is committed to creating an open and safe learning environment for all participants and is Safer Spaces certified.

Learn more about Alison here.

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