Mental Health First Aid Training: SENIORS - St. John's, NL



Canada has an aging population. For the first time in history, there are more people aged 65 years and older in Canada than children under the age of 15 years. The likelihood of experiencing a mental health problem or illness in a given year increases as of age 69 and currently, men aged 80 and older have the highest suicide rates in Canada.


Learn how to best support Canada's aging population facing challenges such as dementia, anxiety, depression, delirium, psychosis and more. Mental Health First Aid for Seniors is an evidence-based program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, intended to increase the capacity of friend/family caregivers and staff in care settings and communities to promote mental health in seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible and intervene early when problems first emerge.


Course content and resource materials are based on best practice guidelines and were developed in consultation with Canadian experts in the field of geriatric psychiatry.  The curriculum was developed for the Mental Health Commission of Canada at Trillium Health Partners, an Ontario-based healthcare organization which prioritizes seniors’ health and wellness.


Mental Health First Aid for Seniors Training (14 hours)

Thursday & Friday, May 7 & 8, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days

Sandman Signature St. John’s Hotel  |  Trinity Room

227 Kenmount Road  |  St. John’s, NL

Instructor: Elizabeth Eldridge

Registration deadline: Friday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. (earlier if all 25 seats fill)

Course fee: $229.00 per person (HST applicable)



As this session takes place during the winter months, we are conscious of the possibility that inclement weather may necessitate cancelling the session.  Please know that we will be keeping a close eye on the forecast in the days leading up to the session, and if the decision is made to cancel we will will notify participants by email at least 48 hours beforehand.  It is extremely rare that we cancel sessions, but if stormy weather prevents participants from being able to get to the venue safely rest assured we will be happy to waive our regular cancellation policy and either issue you a full refund or roll your registration over to another training session.  Stay safe this winter!


CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Mental Health First Aid Canada is a certification-based course. In order to acquire certification, attendees must participate in the course's activities and group discussion, must be present for the duration of the course and must complete the training in its entirely with the same group. Participants who miss more than 15 minutes of course content for any reason during the two days cannot make up missed time and will not be eligible for certification. If a participant misses more than the 15 minute limit, instructors are not able to offer at-home/make-up assignments and it is not possible to attend the missed piece(s) of the course at a later date with a different group. It is important that all participants are aware of this requirement, as no exceptions will be made. These are quality assurance measures put in place by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, who regulate the MHFA program and instructors are not at liberty to change these requirements. If a participant who is ineligible for certification due to missed time chooses to take the training in its entirety at a later time, no discount will apply to the registration fee.


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LATE REGISTRATION: Please note that due to paperwork we are required to finalize prior to our sessions it is typically not possible to accommodate requests for registration after the set registration deadline.  If you have missed the deadline and wish to attend the course, please email us at to inquire as to whether we can offer you a seat.  If by chance we are able to accommodate you, an administration fee of $50.00 will apply to the registration fee and you'll be asked to submit payment by a specific date and time via an electronic invoice which can be paid directly by credit card.  As our courses frequently fill to capacity before the registration deadline we encourage you to register as early as possible.  Individuals who show up at sessions without having officially registered in advance cannot be accommodated.


Click HERE to download detailed program descriptions and course outlines.

Mental Health First Aid Training: SENIORS - St. John's, NL

SKU: SNR200507
    • Notice given 10+ days prior to course – Full refund
    • Notice given 7- 9 days prior to course – 50% refund
    • Notice given less than 7 days prior to course start date/no advance notice given – NO REFUND


    No exceptions are made to our cancellation policy for any reason.  If you opt to cancel your seat the cancellation policy will be enforced as described, and should you choose to enrol in a future training session no credit or discount will apply to the registration rate for that session.


    In the unlikely event that the minimum required number of participants is not reached, the session will be postponed.  You will be notified via email at least one week prior to the intended course start date, at which time you may choose to receive a refund or to apply the registration fee to a future course.


    By proceeding with registration, you are indicating your acknowledgement and agreement to the Cancellation Policy outlined above and understand that no exceptions to the policy will be made for any reason.

  • Please ensure you have taken note of the date(s), time, location and all other details relevant to the session for which you've registered.

    Once registration has been completed, you will receive a detailed receipt by email through our automated registration system at the email address you fill out in the "Email for order confirmation" box at checkout.  Please check your junk/spam folder.

    Participants will receive a reminder email a few days prior to the session.