Mental illnesses are a group of health problems that affect our mind and make it hard to feel, think, and act in ways that allow us to enjoy life and cope with the problems we face. Just like there are many different illnesses that affect our bodies, the effects of mental illness on our health can vary widely. The impacts might be minor, such as feeling down or in a bad mood, or it could lead to something more serious, such as considering suicide. One in three people will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime.
Mental illnesses are still feared and misunderstood by many people, but the fear will disappear as people learn more about them. If you, or someone you know, have experienced mental illness, there is good news: help is available! All forms of mental illness can be treated.
The Mental Health First Aid training course was developed to equip you with the tools needed to provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis.
The GNWT is offering this three day training to all residents for free, across the NWT.
If you are interested in taking the Mental Health First Aid training in your community, please call your local Community Counselling Program for more information.