Mental Health Courses

The Red Cross Psychological First Aid Program is designed to promote resiliency and reduce the impact of loss and trauma. It provides knowledge and skills for people to live life through understanding stressors and traumas that impact them, and helps participants gain an understanding of how to recognize when someone else is experiencing distress and how to offer help.


The program includes 3 participant level courses – Psychological First Aid - Self-Care and Psychological First Aid - Caring for Others are online courses, and Psychological First Aid (PFA), is a classroom-based course. Through the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model, participants will build a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss and grief, and how to develop skills for self-care (helping individuals understand personal protective factors).

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Program:

This exciting program option teaches everyone how to help others experiencing loss, grief and stress, and also self-care. Learners will come away with coping strategies to prevent, identify and deal with stressful events, and they will better understand what supports are available to them and how they can access or help others to access specialized support.
PFA is built on the latest evidence-based research from the international community and was developed in response to a growing need within our communities and to address a gap in wellness program options with a focus on resiliency.
PFA Courses

The Canadian Red Cross PFA umbrella includes 3 courses:

Online courses (non-certification):
Psychological First Aid - Self-Care
Psychological First Aid - Caring for Others

In-class Courses (certification):
PFA Certification Course is a 7–12-hour in-class course

hdgPsychological First Aid (in class only)

This class is for those that have already purchased and completed the two online modules. Psychological First Aid provides emotional and practical support to individuals, families, or communities who are having difficulty coping.

- View the RC - PFA (in class) Course Description
- View the RC - PFA (in class) Course Schedule


hdgPsychological First Aid (online and in class)

This class is for those that have NOT already purchased and completed the two online modules. The online modules are included in this course. Psychological First Aid provides emotional and practical support to individuals, families, or communities who are having difficulty coping.

- View the RC - PFA (Full) Course Description
- View the RC - PFA (Full) Course Schedule


hdg Psychological First Aid - Self-Care

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is for everyone and also supports existing wellness programs. The courses provide a daily aid to facing the stresses of life, and help participants gain an understanding of how to recognize when a they are experiencing distress and what support is available. Who is PFA for? General Public Employers - Great tool for employee training First Aider's Emergency Responders Care for Self online module provides an introduction to caring for yourself in times of crisis. Course duration will vary depending on the individual learner and their prior knowledge of the subject matter.

- View the psychological-self Course Description
- View the psychological-self Course Schedule


hdgPsychological First Aid - Caring for Others

Caring for Others online module provides an introduction to caring for others in times of crisis.

- View the pyschological-others Course Description
- View the pyschological-others Course Schedule


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