Mental Health Fundamentals

Working in a dangerous or highly stressful environment can put your psychological health at risk as much as your physical health. This course will provide you with a grounding in mental health issues and the current mental health landscape in Canada.

You will explore several mental illnesses you’re likely to encounter, including schizophrenia, severe depression, personality disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

You will also be introduced to the mental health continuum model for categorizing symptoms, as well as to the myths surrounding mental health. Various stresses and occupational stress injuries will also be covered, in addition to the attributes and benefits of good mental health.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
10 weeks
Tuition: $650
Can be applied to:
First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

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Start DateTue, Sep 10, 2024
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What you will learn

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify personal goals related to wellness and good mental health, and begin to "populate" a personal resiliency "toolkit" that can be used to help mitigate the impact of trauma
  • Describe and define mental health, mental illness and mental health problems
  • Explain the benefits of good mental health and describe factors that may enhance or hinder good mental health
  • Identify and list the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems and crisis situations
  • Discuss various effective interventions and treatments as they relate to specific mental health issues and disorders
  • Explore mental health issues common to emergency first responders, and illustrate ways of overcoming the stigma associated with mental health issues
  • Outline the various agencies accessible for professional help and the various strategies that can be used with people experiencing a mental health issue
  • Demonstrate through group discussions an understanding of the topics while applying critical thinking skills

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend 6–8 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis
  • Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Participation in online discussions

To apply this course towards the program certificate, you must achieve a minimum grade of C.

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.