St. John Am­bu­lance to of­fer men­tal health first aid in P.E.I.

Train­ing course on is­sue to be held from Aug. 12-13 in Charot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Is­lan­ders who want to know how to help some­one in a men­tal health cri­sis can now re­ceive train­ing in P.E.I.

St. John Am­bu­lance is of­fer­ing two-day cour­ses on men­tal health first aid across the Is­land start­ing in Au­gust.

The first course will be held on Aug. 12-13 in Char­lot­te­town.

Men­tal health first aid is the help pro­vided to peo­ple who are de­vel­op­ing or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a men­tal health cri­sis.

Sim­i­larly to how phys­i­cal first aid is ad­min­is­tered to those with in­juries, men­tal health first aid is given un­til the nec­es­sary pro­fes­sional treat­ment is found or un­til the cri­sis is re­solved.

St. John Am­bu­lance is an au­tho­rized provider that has been of­fer­ing the course in Nova Scotia since Novem­ber 2014 where more than 2,000 peo­ple have been trained.

The course is cur­rently being of­fered at a cost of $140. All pro­ceeds from St. John Am­bu­lance cour­ses di­rectly sup­port its com­mu­nity ser­vice pro­grams.

To reg­is­ter for the Char­lot­te­town course, visit, call 1-800565-5056, or you can email info@

Pri­vate work­place cour­ses are also avail­able.

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