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.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - - TBD $650.00 29 Register

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Identify personal goals related to wellness and good mental health then begin to "populate" a personal resiliency "toolkit" of best practices, approaches, techniques and strategies that can be used before, during and after emergency calls 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, illness or crisis situation
  • Demonstrate through group discussions an understanding of the topics while applying critical thinking skills

How will I be evaluated?

  • Assignments
  • Participation in online discussions
  • Examinations

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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Learning materials

You will access course materials online using Canvas