Mental Health First Aid - Seniors

Course Name


Mental Health First Aid - Seniors


Course Description

The content of this course was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and is delivered by Ƶ faculty members who are certified instructors for Mental Health First Aid - Seniors.

The course “is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, families (informal caregivers), friends, staff in care settings and communities to promote mental health in seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible in seniors and intervene early when problems first emerge.” (Mental Health Commission of Canada)


Subject Code

CACC 160


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will:

  • develop a solid understanding of the ALIFE framework for having difficult conversations;
  • recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop in seniors;
  • provide the initial help to seniors;
  • guide a senior and caregiver toward appropriate professional help; and
  • provide strategies and resources to support both seniors and their caregivers.




The cost of course resources is included in the tuition fee. You will be provided with a course manual on Day 1 of the course.



There are no formal prerequisites for this course.


Course Content

This course covers the following topics:

  • Seniors: Canada’s aging population
  • Mental health first aid seniors
  • Substance-related disorders for seniors
  • Mood-related disorders for seniors
  • What is a mood-related disorder?
  • Anxiety and trauma-related disorders for seniors
  • Dementia
  • Delirium
  • Psychosis


Learning Resources

Learning resources will be provided


Instruction Method

This is a classroom-based course. Students must attend 100% of the course meetings and are expected to participate in discussions.



There are no assignments for this course.



You will receive a certificate from the Mental Health Commission of Canada upon successful completion.


Completion Timeframe

Course completion timelines will depend on the course schedule.


Registration and course start

Registration is easy; simply call CE Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote the CRN (below) for the session you are interested in. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.

Please note that a minimum of 10 registrations are required in order to deliver the course. If a section of the course does not meet the registration minimum, registrants will be contacted no later than the business day prior to the course start date and offered the option to move to a different offering or receive a full refund of tuition fees.

Upcoming Dates

September 23-24, 2023, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
CRN: 31171
Room - N4219

Ready to register?

Call Continuing Education Registration at 604-527-5472 or toll-free at 1-866-930-5472 and quote the CRN from the course offerings for the session you are interested in. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.