Updated on October 12, 2013
I’ve had the honour of facilitating Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) classes for the Alberta Home Visitation Network Association, the Calgary Homeless Foundation, the Henday Association for Lifelong Learning (Innisfail), and several other organizations as a contract trainer for the MHFA Canada national office. I’ve also met with the Drop-In Peer Support Group of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Chapter, to provide introductory information regarding the Mental Health First Aid (basic) course. It has been inspiring to see people come together with a common interest and willingness to learn about various mental health problems and a framework to offer assistance. Indeed, I have learned something new with every class I facilitate and I am thankful for the opportunity to share this information.
I was also invited to meet with the International Association of Administrative Professionals (Calgary branch) in the Spring 2013, and Administrative Professionals from a Calgary oil & gas company in the Autumn 2013 to provide introductory information on assertive communication. A portion of the honorariums were donated to organizations supporting mental well being & social supports.
To round out a busy season, I also spoke at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Adminstration’s (CAPLA) quarterly leadership breakfast October 1, 2013 regarding Toxic Workplaces and the relationship to mental health problems. After discussion & facilitation of an experiential component, I briefly introduced a document by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the voluntary National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. See CAPLA’s calendar of events for more details.
Posted on June 29, 2013
MHFA Door Prize winners for Defeat Depression 2013
For the 2nd annual national Defeat Depression campaign, I raised donations in several ways. For example, I presented a session on assertive communication to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (Calgary Chapter) and donated the honorarium on their behalf. On May 16-17, 2013 I facilitated a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course in Calgary and donated $10 from each course registrant to the Defeat Depression Campaign. And finally, donations raised from Defeat Depression’s blue “cause” bracelets were added to the pot from participants from the Calgary course in May, and later from a MHFA course I facilitated in Innisfail. So far, we’ve raised $844 for this worthy cause.
Posted on June 4, 2012
CHARITY FUNDRAISER EVENT: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Adult Course held on May 26 & 27, 2012 as highlighted in the May 1, 2012 print and online edition of the Calgary Herald!
Our class was the only 2012 Defeat Depression fundraising team in Alberta – We collected & donated $542.37 for this worthy cause.
- Calgary’s 2012 Defeat Depression Fundraising & Awareness Team – Gail is on the far left.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with how this MHFA charity fundraiser was run…
In support of the first national Defeat Depression campaign, Kermode Counselling Services & the North Calgary Business Centre collaborated to drastically reduce regular registration for the 12-hour MHFA basic (adult) course. In exchange for this discounted rate, we suggested a voluntary donation to the Defeat Depression campaign from course participants, and later the call for donations was opened to the public. This year’s campaign theme was “Move for Mental Health”, so we enjoyed a 15 minute group walk during the lunch break on May 27th – the above photo is of members of our class just prior to going on the walk. You cannot tell from the photo, but we were all wearing our Defeat Depression T-shirts to make the message visible to the public while walking along a busy street. To spread the word even further, many course participants took extra information booklets about depression for distribution at work & other locations. Please note that supporting the Defeat Depression campaign was not mandatory to participate in this MHFA course, but the collective energy that was created by a shared focus certainly helped us get through an intense weekend of learning!
I am happy to report that I’ve received great evaluations for the Mental Health First Aid classes! Contact me to be added to the email list for the next session or to make a private booking of 8+ adults. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gail at 403-457-4036. Let me know if you are interested in similar fundraising events. Together, let’s “move for mental health”!