Workshop to teach mental health first aid at BCIT

Mainland BC Military Family Resource Centre hosting two day course

Do you know what to do when someone is having a mental health crisis?

“If someone sprains an ankle, chances are you know what to do. If someone has a panic attack, chances are you don't,” reads a press release for a Mental Health First Aid workshop.

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It’s a common gap in knowledge for many of us, but the upcoming two-day course promises to teach some key skills.

BCIT will host the workshop, which will enable “participants to build the skills and confidence necessary to engage in effective conversations about mental health, learn to recognize the most common mental health problems, and increase their comfort level with helping others,” according to the release.

The workshop is being put on by the Mainland BC Military Family Resource Centre, but you don’t have to be a member of the armed forces to participate. 

“While the workshop has some content specific to issues associated with transitioning out of the Canadian Armed Forces, it can be beneficial for anyone, especially veteran family members or those who work with veterans,” the release says. 

The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 20 in Room 106 of Building NE22 at BCIT’s Willingdon Avenue campus. 

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