Mental Health First Aid Training

At McMaster University we are committed to providing mental health and well-being education and training to the McMaster community to support mental health literacy, and help individuals lead healthier lives in and outside of the workplace.

As part of this ongoing commitment, the University is offering Mental Health First Aid training to help faculty and staff recognize individuals in distress, provide help and support positive mental health.




What is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a two day interactive course with a focus on adults with mental health problems. Practical skills are taught using a model that is easy to apply in real life settings. Previous experience dealing with mental health issues is not required.

This MHFA training will help you to:

  • Recognize and understand the symptoms of mental health problems, including those related to substance use.
  • Provide help & support to prevent a mental health problem from developing into a more serious state.
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health by accommodating employees in distress or recovering from a crisis.
  • Become aware of McMaster and other community based resources.

Upon course completion you will become a certified Mental Health First Aid Provider, as designated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. In order to receive your certificate, full attendance and participation in the 2-day course is required.

Who is this training for?

These workshops are open to all McMaster Staff and Faculty.   

What are the costs involved?

This program is funded by McMaster University. Participants are not required to make up the time away from their role to participate in this training. Parking fees are the responsibility of the participant (or their department).

What are the attendance & cancellation fees for the program?

Attendance at this program is of critical importance. Registered participants must attend and participate in both program days. Mental Health First Aid Canada will not issue a certificate of completion if attendance requirements are not met.  A department may be billed a cancellation fee ($100) if a participant misses a full day. The programs are highly interactive and full participation benefits everyone in the cohort.

Those who cancel their registration within seven calendar days or less of the program start date will have an administrative fee ($100) billed to their department unless the spot can be filled by an individual on our waiting list.

Note: A minimum number of participants is required for the course to take place.  The course may be rescheduled with minimal notice should there be insufficient attendance.

All withdrawal notifications must be submitted via email to Stacie Cameron at .

If you would like additional information about MHFA, please contact Rachael Byrne at or ext. 20309.

When is the next course?

The following courses have been scheduled:

  • March 20 & 21, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. |Mills Library, Connection Centre, L113 
  • May 15 & 16, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Mills Library, Connection Centre, L113
Click here to register for March sessions
Click here to register for May sessions.

McMaster Online Resource Essentials (MORE)

A new three part on-line Mental Health Awareness session has been added to the McMaster Online Resource Essentials (MORE).  MORE is a collection of information housed in Avenue to Learn.  All McMaster employees can access MORE with their MacID.

How do I access MORE?

Simply login to Avenue to Learn (A2L) and select the McMaster Online Resource Essentials course under "My Courses".  Then navigate the course content.  

MORE is a new learning and development offering launched through a continued partnership between Human Resources, the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) and DeGroote Executive Education.




If you have an accommodation need for a planned meeting, please e-mail or call ext. 24556 to make appropriate arrangements.