Mental Health First Aid Course & Workplace Solutions

"Debra is the strength of this course. She is passionate, strengths based & positive. I loved it."

"Debra is the strength of this course. She is highly motivated, passionate, strengths based & an expert in mental health. I loved it." 

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training program designed to give members of the public the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This is a certified program from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is part of The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, as well as Post-Secondary institutions.  The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, decreases stigmatizing attitudes, improves workplace health and well-being, and helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.


"This company is amazing. Debra was the lead on our project, and her sensitivity and awareness of workplace mental health issues helped us a great deal. We have tools and knowledge to help our colleagues. Thank you!"

We also offer mental wellness presentations and workshops, and workplace assessment directed at creating effective solutions and strategies to improve psychological safety in the workplace. We want to help all members of the team feel healthy, supported, effective and empowered, which will help to improve productivity by reducing absenteeism and presenteeism.

Mental health problems and illnesses affect more people in Canada than some of the major physical disorders. 

  • "Upwards of 56 million people in Canada and US - and six million in Canada specifically - suffer mental health problems at any hour on any clock in any time zone". Bill Wilkerson, Global Business & Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health.  
  • 20% of Canadian workers experience a stress related illness per year, leading to 19% of absenteeism cost, and 40% of turnover cost.
  • 70% of adults living with a mental health problem or illness say their symptoms started in childhood.
  • 60% of people with a mental health problem or illness won’t seek help for fear of being labeled.
  • 500,000 Canadians, in any given week, are unable to work due to mental health problems or illnesses.
  • One in three workplace disability claims are related to mental health problems or illnesses, with depression as the leading cause of disability by 2020.
  • In a recent major Canadian study, 82% of responding organizations ranked mental health conditions in their top three causes of short term disability (72% for long-term). 

 In 2011, lost productivity due to absenteeism and presenteeism (present but less than fully productive at work) due to mental health problems and illnesses was approximately $6 Billion.   The average responding organization reported spending more than $10.5 million annually on absence claims.