Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce, Mental Health and Addiction Services

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Service: Mental Health First Aid Training and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills

Record #: BRU0305
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2024
Last Full Update: 12 Nov 2020


Description (Service) COVID-19 Response
The Mental Health First Aid training has resumed. Due to COVID-19, class sizes will be limited. Training can only be held in spaces and rooms that allow for six feet of distancing between participants.

Under the guidelines of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, trainings are not available by video or online at this time.

As an option, in place of a MHFA training, the education staff are available to offer video presentations to workplaces, organizations and businesses. Please contact Jackie Ralph for more information about help to support the mental health of staff and customers during this time.

Regular Service
Mental Health First Aid
Provides training on how to recognize and help someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.

Course teaches:
  • how to identify when a person may be in danger
  • basic actions for mental health first aid
  • information on effective intervention and treatments
  • where and how to get help locally
  • how to recognize signs and symptoms of common mental health problems such as substance misuse, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, self injury and mood disorders
  • how to provide help during crisis situations such as overdose, suicidal behavior, panic attacks and reactions to traumatic events
CMHA Grey Bruce offers two programs, both typically held over two days. A certificate is issued upon completion of the course.
  • Mental Health First Aid - Basic Training is 12 hours long.
  • Mental Health First Aid for Adults who interact with youth is geared towards recognizing and assisting youth who may be suffering from a mental health crisis. Course is 14 hours long.
Training is held in different locations; call for information.

Program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
A two-day, 14-hour workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. Participants learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan.

Goals & Objectives:
  • Understand the ways personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions.
  • Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs.
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it.
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large.
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care.

Service Details

Hours Office: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Program times vary
Areas Served Bruce County ; Grey County
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
16 year(s) and up
Application Email for information on current training courses and to register. 
To book training or find out when the next training will take place, please contact Jackie Ralph, Youth Awareness and Education Supervisor, by telephone at 519-371-3642 (Toll-Free at 1-888-451-2642) ext. 1216 or by email at
Languages English
Fees Mental Health First Aid - $95 per person
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills - $200

DUE to COVID-19 restrictions, catering will not be provided at the trainings and participants will be asked to bring their own coffee, snacks, and lunch, etc.

Fee subsidies may be available; contact for more information.

Address and Location

Located In Community Owen Sound
Address & Map
Owen Sound, ON
Physical Access Unknown - Training is held in different locations; call for information

Contact Information

Office Phone 519-371-3642 ext 1216
Toll Free Phone 1-888-451-2642 ext 1216, 1-888-451-CMHA ext 1216
Fax 519-371-6485
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Primary Contact Jackie Ralph, Program Coordinator; Phone: ext 1216; Email:
Mailing Address c/o Jackie Ralph; 1024 2nd Ave E 
Owen Sound, ON 
Canada N4K 2H7

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