Crisis Response Virtual Training

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has developed two free crisis response training programs for essential workers. We know that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, essential workers are facing a number of new challenges while at work, which may be affecting their mental health. These programs are specifically designed to help provide individuals with the tools and knowledge to better understand their own mental health and the mental health of their team.

Two courses are available:

Crisis Response training - Caring for Yourself - Participants will be introduced to the Mental Health Continuum and the Big 4 Coping Strategies, to help learn how to better understand their own mental wellness, notice if they might be moving into unwell areas, use practical actions to help with stress, and know when to reach out to get professional help.

Crisis Response training - Caring for your Team - Participants will be introduced to the Mental Health Continuum, the Big 4 Coping Strategies, and Ad Hoc Incident Review to help learn how to better understand their own and their team’s mental wellness, notice if they might be moving into unwell areas, use practical actions to help with stress,  know when to reach out to get professional help and learn tips to support team members.

Crisis Response course objectives:

  • Recognize and keep track of changes in your mental health and well-being and know when to take appropriate actions
  • Have conversations about mental health and mental illness with colleagues, friends and family members
  • Identify and practice coping strategies to remain resilient during a crisis or emergency
  • Identify and use available tools and resources to support self (Caring for Yourself) and others during a crisis (Caring for your Team)

Two Crisis Response (virtual) courses are available:

Caring for Yourself (2 hours):

Module 1: Continuum (60 minutes)
Module 2: Big 4 (60 minutes)

Caring for your Team (3 hours):

Module 1: Continuum (60 minutes)
Module 2: Big 4 (60 minutes)
Module 3: Crisis management and Ad Hoc Incident Review (AIR) (60 minutes)

Each course offers easily applied scenario-based lessons, videos that feature people with lived experience of mental illness, reference guides, and practical handouts.

Upcoming Courses

Please note that courses will be added on a regular basis.

To register for a course, please see upcoming courses. If you have any questions, please contact us at theworkingmind@mentalhealthcommission.ca

Contact

To learn more about The Working Mind and to ask about course options for your organization, please email: theworkingmind@mentalhealthcommission.ca

* Please note these courses should not serve as substitutes for The Working Mind (TWM), The Working Mind First Responders (TWMFR) and The Inquiring Mind (TIM) as they have been developed specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all participants to complete TWM, TWMFR and TIM training once in-person courses resume. 

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