Mental Health First Aid First Nations Webinar Series

Ann Seymour

Webinar #1: Ann Seymour, Indigenous Program Specialist, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Date: September 5, 2017
Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m EST

Topic: Program Development and Vision

Presentation: A discussion of why and how the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for First Nations by the Mental Health Commission of Canada was adapted from the MHFA Basic course. The MHFA First Nations course will be examined, with specific attention to the overarching themes of walking in two worlds, circles of support, and EAGLE. The goals and visions of the course will also be discussed, such as: situating First Nations mental wellness in a colonial context and increasing community capacity for mental health approaches.  


Claire Crooks

Webinar #2:  Claire Crooks, Director, Centre for School Mental Health
Date: September 12, 2017
Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m EST

Topic: Program Outcomes

Presentation: MHFA FN gives participants the skills and self-efficacy to have open and honest conversations about mental health problems. This webinar will present the impacts and outcomes of the Mental Health First Aid First Nations course. Course participants indicated an increase in their mental health knowledge, skills application, and self-efficacy to engage with and help a person with a mental health problem. Data from the 4 year mixed-methods evaluation of Mental Health First Aid First Nations will be shared.


Andrea Lapp

Webinar #3:  Andrea Lapp, Project Coordinator, Centre for School Mental Health
Date: September 19, 2017
Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m EST

Topic: Importance of Cultural Safety in Programming and Research

Presentation: This webinar will describe the paradigm of cultural safety and the necessity of cultural safety within mental health promotion programming and research. Mental Health First Aid was modified significantly to increase cultural relevancy and safety for First Nations contexts. This webinar will present the extent to which the course was experienced as culturally safe by participants, and the factors that attributed to this experience. The mixed methods, multi-informant national evaluation of MHFA FN was developed in partnership with First Nations community members, First Nations consultants, and MHCC. Evaluators will reflect on this experience of culturally appropriate program evaluation and research.