Réseau santé albertain, through its Director and the support of the Secrétariat provincial of l’Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta, has trained 60 French-speaking Mental Health First Responders. This time, the employees of le Centre d’accueil et d’établissement in Edmonton received tools to help the French-speaking population of Edmonton, especially the new comers.
In Alberta where French-speaking mental health services are rare, this training couldn’t be more timely because it helps build the community’s capacity in mental Health! Indeed, a first aider can help a person until she has access to a health professional or until the crisis has passed.
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During this training, people see the parallel between medical and mental health first aids. After that, people learn about basic knowledge in relation to substance disorders, mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders. Participants also learn about helping actions.
After this training, the participants feel more confident to detect and help a person with a mental health problem. Moreover, this training helps to reduce stigma.