Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Standard Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Standard Training

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MHFA Standard (Virtual)

9 hours

7 hours live on zoom and 2 hours self directed module prior to the live sessions

"Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis. 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" - MHCC

As wellness professionals we may meet people who come to our practice or attend our sessions with a variety of trauma or varying states of mental health. As we navigate the holistic landscape our clients exist in it is essential we have the capacity to hold space if their mental health should decline or if they should be in crisis. Mental Health First Aid can also help us with the assesment process should we discover someone requires support beyond our scope in realtionship to mental health. Peer to peer support for vicarious stress is another way MHFA can assist us as practitioners. There is also a strong emphasis in MHFA on self care. MHFA is for everyone who would like to help end mental health stigma, better understand their own mental health and feel more able to help others who may be experiencing a decline in mental health. Research also shows that those who take the training have improved mental health themselves after the course. Every wellness professional can benefit from the training.

Course participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis
  • Have conversations that encourage a person to:
    Talk about declines in 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
  • Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being

Cost is 250$ per person. Use the discount code NHPC for a 25% discount bringing the cost to 187.50

This training qualifies paticipants for 10 NHPC professional development continued competency credits.

Space is limited to 15 participants for each virtual session and 25 for in person sessions. Please note the content of this course is not specifically designed for holistic practitioners but for anyone with interest. Please feel free to extend the NHPC discount code within your circles as we believe in community care as wellness professionals.

Rebecca is also available to come and teach in person sessions at studios for groups of 8-25 wanting to do professional/personal development in person as a team. Please contact us directly at for more information and for discounted group rates.

The next scheduled sessions are...

October 3 & 5
9am - 1230pm MST (11am-230pm EST)
Live on Zoom


November 19
9am - 530pm MST

In person Edmonton, Alberta @ ROOTS ON WHYTE (3rd floor, conference room)

(2 hours of self paced training is required prior to joining the live sessions. Failure to do so will result in participants not recieving access to the live sessions without refund. This self directed module is mandatory)

The upcoming sessions offered by Rawholistic can be accessed here
Mental Health First Aid Info & Registration


Rawholistic health & wellness services was established in 2008 by Holistic Health Practitioner and instructor Rebecca (Wollenberg) Hung. She comes to her work with both professional and lived experience with loss, mental illness, physical illness and addiction. Rebecca has led groups of high risk youth, recovering adults, LGBTQ2+ communities, school groups, holistic practitioners and business professionals in creative wellness classes and workshops. She helps more compassionate connection so they might enjoy life more fully using practices like yoga, meditation, reiki, movement, somatic practices and a variety of other stress management tools. 

Rebecca has an undergraduate degree in Applied Human Services Administration, is certified as a CMHA Psychological Health & Safety Advisor and a Mental Health First Aid facilitator. Rebecca has over 16 years of combined experience working closely within her industry of self care and personal service and she continues her studies in the healing arts. Her work is trauma informed and designed to be accessible through a sliding scale fee structure. Alongside her facilitation work, Rebecca works with organizations to implement wellness initiatives, design wellness program plans unique to stakeholder needs and implement the Canadian National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety.