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Adult mental health first aid course offered in French

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WELLINGTON, P.E.I. - The P.E.I. French Health Network has announced that an adult mental health first aid course will be offered later this month.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada certifies instructors, who then offer mental health first aid courses across Canada. A basic 12-hour course will be offered in French on Feb. 17 and 24, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Collège de l’Île campus in Charlottetown.

Colette Arsenault will facilitate it, and the P.E.I. French Health Network will cover registration fees. Participants will obtain a manual, and their certification will be good for three years. They must attend both sessions to obtain their certification.

If interested, send an email to or call Patricia Richard at 902-854-7444 by Feb. 12.

This course provides participants with the tools they need to offer initial assistance to those struggling with a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse and suicidal behaviours. The purpose of the course is not to train people to become therapists. It rather shows how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, offer initial assistance, and help people get the help they need.

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