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The Working Mind
Health First Aid

id you know that the annual
economic cost of mental
health problems in Canada
is $51 billion?1 Or that in
any given week, 500,000 Canadians are
unable to work due to a mental health
problem or illness?2 These are reasons
why it is important for Canadians to be
aware of their mental health, as well as
to understand the signs and symptoms
of mental health difficulties.
The Working Mind and Mental
Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are
two different but complementary training programs that are offered by the
Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Geared towards mental health in the
workplace, these programs focus on
giving employees, managers and
executives the tools to promote mental

well-being, and provide a supportive
work environment.
Krystina Hunter first took The
Working Mind training in 2016 and
has since become a trainer in both The
Working Mind and MHFA. We recently
asked her some questions about her
involvement with both programs.

Q: Why did you first become
involved with The Working
Mind/MHFA?
A: My workplace was beginning to
implement the National Standard for
Psychological Health & Safety in the
workplace and they recognized that
there was a gap in employee education
and training relating to mental health.
As you know, mental health is becoming an increasing concern for Canadian
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employers. I began to do some research
to see what types of training courses
were available for staff and came across
the Mental Health Commission of
Canada's training opportunities.

Q: What training did you
take first? Why did you
decide to become a trainer
in both programs?
A: I was first trained in The Working
Mind in December 2016. I really liked
that it offers both an employee option
as well as a management/leadership
option that are only four hours or eight
hours respectively. I know that for my
workplace, it is hard to pull staff from
their job for a lot of time to participate in
training. After completing The Working
Mind, I decided to become a trainer in


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MASBO News - 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MASBO News - 2018

MASBO 2017–2018 Executive
2017–2018 Committees
Message from the Minister
Message from the MASBO President
Message from the Executive Director
Honourary/Life Members
MASBO Annual Convention: New Generational Leadership
Member Profile: Al Leiman, Secretary-Treasurer, Interlake School Division
MASBO Says Farewell
Creating an Environment for Change: A Whole School Approach
Reinventing the School Bus Tender Process
The Working Mind & Mental Health First Aid
Amber Trails Community School
New Captain of the Ship? Tips for a Steady Course
Leadership: Finding Your Potential
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
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MASBO News - 2018 - Message from the MASBO President
MASBO News - 2018 - Message from the Executive Director
MASBO News - 2018 - Honourary/Life Members
MASBO News - 2018 - MASBO Annual Convention: New Generational Leadership
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MASBO News - 2018 - Member Profile: Al Leiman, Secretary-Treasurer, Interlake School Division
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MASBO News - 2018 - MASBO Says Farewell
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MASBO News - 2018 - Creating an Environment for Change: A Whole School Approach
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MASBO News - 2018 - Reinventing the School Bus Tender Process
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MASBO News - 2018 - The Working Mind & Mental Health First Aid
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MASBO News - 2018 - Amber Trails Community School
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MASBO News - 2018 - New Captain of the Ship? Tips for a Steady Course
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MASBO News - 2018 - Leadership: Finding Your Potential
MASBO News - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
MASBO News - 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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